Anthology of Classical Myth: Primary Sources in Translation
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This volume is designed as a companion to the standard undergraduate mythology textbooks or, when assigned alongside the central Greek and Roman works, as a source-based alternative to those textbooks.
In addition to the complete texts of the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod's Theogony, this collection provides generous selections from over 50 texts composed between the Archaic Age and the fourth century A.D. Ancient interpretation of myth is represented here in selections from the allegorists Heraclitus, Cornutus and Fulgentius, the rationalists Palaephatus and Diodorus of Sicily, and the philosophers and historians Plato, Herodotus and Thucydides. Appendices treat evidence from inscriptions, papyri and Linear B tablets and include a thematic index, a mythological dictionary, and genealogies. A thoughtful Introduction supports students working with the primary sources and the other resources offered here; an extensive note to instructors offers suggestions on how to incorporate this book into their courses.
followed orders, and when they had climbed on and the ram was carrying them over the sea, Helle fell off, and so the sea was named the Hellespont. Phrixus, on the other hand, was carried all the way to Colchis by the ram. Once there he, following his mother’s orders, sacrificed the ram and placed its golden fleece in the temple of Mars. (This is the one that Jason, the son of Aeson and Alcimede, went to retrieve though it was protected by a serpent.) Aeetes welcomed Phrixus kindly and gave his
Athenian playwrights, Aeschylus survives in seven complete plays (of at least eighty-two titles we know of), the most famous being the Oresteia trilogy and the Prometheus Bound (though some question whether Aeschylus wrote this play). In addition, some 400 fragments are preserved in many different sources. FROM DAUGHTERS OF HELIOS 70 Zeus Is Everything (fr. 70 Nauck) This very short fragment, preserved for us in a quotation by an early Christian writer, is a good example of the tendency of
3.11.1| Hyg. 8, 32, 62, 64, 92, 103, 106, 125, 143–145, 164, 179, 195, 200, 201| Luc. DG 16, DSG 7, 11, Jud., Sac. 8, 11, 14| Par. 29| Paus. G, I| Pher. 11| Pl. Prt.| Proc. A| Ap2 D, G| Ap3 G. See also Ap1 6. Hesione (): daughter of King Laomedon of Troy, rescued by Heracles from a sea monster. Later, she bore Teucros to Telamon: And.| Apd. K11, K16| Hyg. 31, 89. Hesperides (): daughters of Night, dwelling in the far west where the sun set, guarded the golden apples of Hera: Apd. K13| Hes. 215,
been proposed, but they need not concern us here), the birth of the older Olympians from Cronos and Rhea comes next (456–508). The story of Prometheus and the trick he played on Zeus at Mecone (509–572) is, at heart, an explanation for the ritual of sacrifice, but it also explains mankind’s technical skills (the gift of fire), as well as the origin of women told in the story of Pandora (573–620). But Hesiod has gotten ahead of himself, for in the grand sweep of the poem Zeus is not yet king of
they have their honor— Father Zeus created a third generation  Of articulate folk, Bronze this time, not like The silver at all, made them out of ash trees,43 Kind of monstrous and heavy, and all they cared about Was fighting and war. They didn’t eat any food at all.44 They had this kind of hard, untamable spirit.  Shapeless hulks. Terrifically strong. Grapplehook hands Grew out of their shoulders on thick stumps of arms, And they had bronze weapons, bronze houses, And their