By R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus
Author note: Translated and Introductions by means of R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma
By delivering, for the 1st time in one variation, whole English translations of Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae -- the 2 most vital surviving "handbooks" of classical mythography--this quantity allows readers to match the two's models of crucial Greek and Roman myths.
A basic advent units the Library and Fabulae into the broader context of historic mythography; introductions to every textual content speak about in higher aspect problems with authorship, goal, and impact. A basic index, an index of individuals and geographic destinations, and an index of authors and works brought up by means of the mythographers also are incorporated.
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The work lacks any analytical interest and is neither consistently encyclopedic enough to have competed with, say, the work of Apollodorus of Athens, nor specialized enough to have garnered the kind of interest that Parthenius’ collection of unhappy love stories did. That last example should give us pause. If the Erotica Pathemata had survived without its introductory letter and with no indication of who the author was, would modern scholars have correctly divined that it was written by one of the leading Greek poets of the ﬁrst century BC and was speciﬁcally intended to provide raw material for the Latin poetry of a friend?
Some information from Latin mythological poems too has been added, but the infrequency with which it is employed ought to alert us to the fact that it was not systematically employed in the original composition of the Fabulae. In a few places Ovid’s Metamorphoses is used, almost all mere lists of names (Fab. 134 [Tyrrhenian sailors], 181 [Actaeon’s dogs], 183 [horses of the Sun]). Elsewhere Vergil’s Aeneid has been cursorily mined (243, 251, 254, 273). A small group of tales near the end of the collection (Fab.
18: “Euterpe and the river Strymon had Rhesos, whom Diomedes killed at Troy. While it is sometimes possible to identify speciﬁc authors that may lie behind these variants, Apollodorus’ lack of precision is probably a conscious choice to indicate sometimes that the view in question was held widely enough not to bother associating it with a single individual and sometimes that the information was not ultimately attributable to a source of major importance. In this case, for instance, Rhesos’ mother was never mentioned by Homer in the Iliad, where his story is ﬁrst told.
Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae: Two Handbooks of Greek Mythology by R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus