Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica eBook

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(1) Clement attributes this line to Augias:  probably Agias is
(2) Identical with the “Returns”, in which the Sons of Atreus
     occupy the most prominent parts.

THE TELEGONY (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­ Proclus, Chrestomathia, ii:  After the “Returns” comes the “Odyssey” of Homer, and then the “Telegony” in two books by Eugammon of Cyrene, which contain the following matters.  The suitors of Penelope are buried by their kinsmen, and Odysseus, after sacrificing to the Nymphs, sails to Elis to inspect his herds.  He is entertained there by Polyxenus and receives a mixing bowl as a gift; the story of Trophonius and Agamedes and Augeas then follows.  He next sails back to Ithaca and performs the sacrifices ordered by Teiresias, and then goes to Thesprotis where he marries Callidice, queen of the Thesprotians.  A war then breaks out between the Thesprotians, led by Odysseus, and the Brygi.  Ares routs the army of Odysseus and Athena engages with Ares, until Apollo separates them.  After the death of Callidice Polypoetes, the son of Odysseus, succeeds to the kingdom, while Odysseus himself returns to Ithaca.  In the meantime Telegonus, while travelling in search of his father, lands on Ithaca and ravages the island:  Odysseus comes out to defend his country, but is killed by his son unwittingly.  Telegonus, on learning his mistake, transports his father’s body with Penelope and Telemachus to his mother’s island, where Circe makes them immortal, and Telegonus marries Penelope, and Telemachus Circe.

Fragment #2 —­
Eustathias, 1796. 35: 
The author of the “Telegony”, a Cyrenaean, relates that Odysseus
had by Calypso a son Telegonus or Teledamus, and by Penelope
Telemachus and Acusilaus.



Fragment #1 —­
Pseudo-Herodotus, Life of Homer: 
Sitting there in the tanner’s yard, Homer recited his poetry to
them, the “Expedition of Amphiarus to Thebes” and the “Hymns to
the Gods” composed by him.


Fragment #1 —­ Eustathius, 330. 41:  An account has there been given of Eurytus and his daughter Iole, for whose sake Heracles sacked Oechalia.  Homer also seems to have written on this subject, as that historian shows who relates that Creophylus of Samos once had Homer for his guest and for a reward received the attribution of the poem which they call the “Taking of Oechalia”.  Some, however, assert the opposite; that Creophylus wrote the poem, and that Homer lent his name in return for his entertainment.  And so Callimachus writes:  `I am the work of that Samian who once received divine Homer in his house.  I sing of Eurytus and all his woes and of golden-haired Ioleia, and am reputed one of Homer’s works.  Dear Heaven! how great an honour this for Creophylus!’

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