Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica eBook

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Fragment #13 —­ Aristophanes, Lysistrata 155 and Scholiast:  `Menelaus at least, when he caught a glimpse somehow of the breasts of Helen unclad, cast away his sword, methinks.’  Lesches the Pyrrhaean also has the same account in his “Little Iliad”.

Pausanias, x. 25. 8:  Concerning Aethra Lesches relates that when Ilium was taken she stole out of the city and came to the Hellenic camp, where she was recognised by the sons of Theseus; and that Demophon asked her of Agamemnon.  Agamemnon wished to grant him this favour, but he would not do so until Helen consented.  And when he sent a herald, Helen granted his request.

Fragment #14 —­ Scholiast on Lycophr.  Alex., 1268:  `Then the bright son of bold Achilles led the wife of Hector to the hollow ships; but her son he snatched from the bosom of his rich-haired nurse and seized him by the foot and cast him from a tower.  So when he had fallen bloody death and hard fate seized on Astyanax.  And Neoptolemus chose out Andromache, Hector’s well-girded wife, and the chiefs of all the Achaeans gave her to him to hold requiting him with a welcome prize.  And he put Aeneas(5), the famous son of horse-taming Anchises, on board his sea-faring ships, a prize surpassing those of all the Danaans.’


(1) sc. after cremation.
(2) This fragment comes from a version of the “Contest of Homer
     and Hesiod” widely different from that now extant.  The
     words `as Lesches gives them (says)’ seem to indicate that
     the verse and a half assigned to Homer came from the “Little
     Iliad”.  It is possible they may have introduced some
     unusually striking incident, such as the actual Fall of
(3) i.e. in the paintings by Polygnotus at Delphi.
(4) i.e. the dead bodies in the picture.
(5) According to this version Aeneas was taken to Pharsalia. 
     Better known are the Homeric account (according to which
     Aeneas founded a new dynasty at Troy), and the legends which
     make him seek a new home in Italy.

THE SACK OF ILIUM (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­ Proclus, Chrestomathia, ii:  Next come two books of the “Sack of Ilium”, by Arctinus of Miletus with the following contents.  The Trojans were suspicious of the wooden horse and standing round it debated what they ought to do.  Some thought they ought to hurl it down from the rocks, others to burn it up, while others said they ought to dedicate it to Athena.  At last this third opinion prevailed.  Then they turned to mirth and feasting believing the war was at an end.  But at this very time two serpents appeared and destroyed Laocoon and one of his two sons, a portent which so alarmed the followers of Aeneas that they withdrew to Ida.  Sinon then raised the fire-signal to the Achaeans, having previously

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