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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 271 pages of information about Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica.

FRAGMENTS OF THE EPIC CYCLE

THE WAR OF THE TITANS (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­ Photius, Epitome of the Chrestomathy of Proclus:  The Epic Cycle begins with the fabled union of Heaven and Earth, by which they make three hundred-handed sons and three Cyclopes to be born to him.

Fragment #2 —­
Anecdota Oxon. (Cramer) i. 75: 
According to the writer of the “War of the Titans” Heaven was the
son of Aether.

Fragment #3 —­
Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, Arg. i. 1165: 
Eumelus says that Aegaeon was the son of Earth and Sea and,
having his dwelling in the sea, was an ally of the Titans.

Fragment #4 —­
Athenaeus, vii. 277 D: 
The poet of the “War of the Titans”, whether Eumelus of Corinth
or Arctinus, writes thus in his second book:  `Upon the shield
were dumb fish afloat, with golden faces, swimming and sporting
through the heavenly water.’

Fragment #5 —­
Athenaeus, i. 22 C: 
Eumelus somewhere introduces Zeus dancing:  he says —­ `In the
midst of them danced the Father of men and gods.’

Fragment #6 —­
Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, Arg. i. 554: 
The author of the “War of the Giants” says that Cronos took the
shape of a horse and lay with Philyra, the daughter of Ocean. 
Through this cause Cheiron was born a centaur:  his wife was
Chariclo.

Fragment #7 —­
Athenaeus, xi. 470 B: 
Theolytus says that he (Heracles) sailed across the sea in a
cauldron (1); but the first to give this story is the author of
the “War of the Titans”.

Fragment #8 —­
Philodemus, On Piety: 
The author of the “War of the Titans” says that the apples (of
the Hesperides) were guarded.

ENDNOTES: 

(1) See the cylix reproduced by Gerhard, Abhandlungen, taf. 5,4.

     Cp.  Stesichorus, Frag. 3 (Smyth).

THE STORY OF OEDIPUS (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­
C.I.G.  Ital. et Sic. 1292. ii. 11: 
....the “Story of Oedipus” by Cinaethon in six thousand six
hundred verses.

Fragment #2 —­
Pausanias, ix. 5.10: 
Judging by Homer I do not believe that Oedipus had children by
Iocasta:  his sons were born of Euryganeia as the writer of the
Epic called the “Story of Oedipus” clearly shows.

Fragment #3 —­
Scholiast on Euripides Phoen., 1750: 
The authors of the “Story of Oedipus” (say) of the Sphinx:  `But
furthermore (she killed) noble Haemon, the dear son of blameless
Creon, the comeliest and loveliest of boys.’

THE THEBAID (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­
Contest of Homer and Hesiod: 
Homer travelled about reciting his epics, first the “Thebaid”, in
seven thousand verses, which begins:  `Sing, goddess, of parched
Argos, whence lords...’

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