The Library, Volume I: Books 1-3.9 (Loeb Classical Library by Apollodorus, James G. Frazer

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The Library presents in 3 books a grand precis of conventional Greek mythology and heroic legends. Written in transparent and unaffected type, the compendium faithfully follows the Greek literary assets. it really is hence an enormous checklist of Greek debts of the beginning and early background of the realm and their race. This paintings has been attributed to Apollodorus of Athens (born c. a hundred and eighty BCE), a pupil of Aristarchus. however the textual content as we've got it used to be written through an writer most likely dwelling within the first or moment century of our period. In his hugely valued notes to the Loeb Classical Library variation (which is in volumes) J. G. Frazer cites the important passages of alternative historical writers the place every one specific tale is informed and compares a number of the models to these within the Library.

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He ravages the island of Cos, vii. 1. He in a fit conquers Augeas (Eurytus and Cteatus foundations at Olynipia), vii. 2, captures Pylus, makes war on the Lacedaemonians (Cepheus, Sterope, and the Gorgon's tress), vii. r He marries Deianira (the wrestling with Achelous, the horn of Amalthea\ vii. 5, fights for the Calydonians against the Thesprotians (Astyoche, Tlepolenjus), sends his sons to Sardinia, kills Eunomus at a feast, sets out with Deianira for Trachis, kills Nessus at the ford, vii. 6, slaughters an ox of Thiodamas, fights for Aegimius against the Lapiths (Coronus, Laogoras), slays Cycnus and Amyntor.

But besides the mythical and legendary narratives wtich compose the bulk of the Library, we may detect another element in the work of our author which ought not to be overlooked, and that is the element of fojk-tale. As the distinction between myth, legend, and folk-tale is not always clearly apprehended or uniformly observed, it may be well to define the sense in which I employ these terms. By myths I understand mistaken explanations of phenomena, whether of human life or of external nature. Such explanations originate in that inin their passage stinctive curiosity concerning the causes of things which at a more advanced stage of knowledge seeks satisfaction in philosophy and science, but being founded on ignorance and misapprehension they are always false, for were they true they would cease to be myths.

Xliii — SUMMARY^ I, Book Theogony. -vi. Offspring of Sky and Earth the Hundred-handed, Cyclopes, Titans, i. 1-3. The Titans attack and mutilate Sky, origin of the Furies, i. 4. The" children of Cronus and Rhea, the birth of Zeus, i. 5-7. ^eu3 conquers the Titans and divides the kingdom with his brothers, ii. 1. Offspring of Sea and Offspring of the Titans, ii. 2-5. Earth, ii. 6-7. : Children of Zeus by Hera, Themis, Dione, Eurynome, Memory (the Muses), iii. 1. Children of the Muaes Calliope's children Linus and Orpheus, iii.

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