Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica eBook

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Fragment #2 —­
Cramer, Anec.  Oxon. i. 327: 
`Ragged garments, even those which now you see.’  This verse
("Odyssey” xiv. 343) we shall also find in the “Taking of

Fragment #3 —­
Scholaist on Sophocles Trach., 266: 
There is a disagreement as to the number of the sons of Eurytus. 
For Hesiod says Eurytus and Antioche had as many as four sons;
but Creophylus says two.

Fragment #4 —­ Scholiast on Euripides Medea, 273:  Didymus contrasts the following account given by Creophylus, which is as follows:  while Medea was living in Corinth, she poisoned Creon, who was ruler of the city at that time, and because she feared his friends and kinsfolk, fled to Athens.  However, since her sons were too young to go along with her, she left them at the altar of Hera Acraea, thinking that their father would see to their safety.  But the relatives of Creon killed them and spread the story that Medea had killed her own children as well as Creon.

THE PHOCAIS (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­
Pseudo-Herodotus, Life of Homer: 
While living with Thestorides, Homer composed the “Lesser Iliad”
and the “Phocais”; though the Phocaeans say that he composed the
latter among them.

THE MARGITES (fragments)

Fragment #1 —­
Suidas, s.v.: 
Pigres.  A Carian of Halicarnassus and brother of Artemisia, wife
of Mausolus, who distinguished herself in war... (1) He also
wrote the “Margites” attributed to Homer and the “Battle of the
Frogs and Mice”.

Fragment #2 —­
Atilius Fortunatianus, p. 286, Keil: 
`There came to Colophon an old man and divine singer, a servant
of the Muses and of far-shooting Apollo.  In his dear hands he
held a sweet-toned lyre.’

Fragment #3 —­
Plato, Alcib. ii. p. 147 A: 
`He knew many things but knew all badly...’

Aristotle, Nic.  Eth. vi. 7, 1141:  `The gods had taught him neither to dig nor to plough, nor any other skill; he failed in every craft.’

Fragment #4 —­ Scholiast on Aeschines in Ctes., sec. 160:  He refers to Margites, a man who, though well grown up, did not know whether it was his father or his mother who gave him birth, and would not lie with his wife, saying that he was afraid she might give a bad account of him to her mother.

Fragment #5 —­
Zenobius, v. 68: 
`The fox knows many a wile; but the hedge-hog’s one trick (2) can
beat them all.’ (3)


(1) This Artemisia, who distinguished herself at the battle of
     Salamis (Herodotus, vii. 99) is here confused with the later
     Artemisia, the wife of Mausolus, who died 350 B.C.
(2) i.e. the fox knows many ways to baffle its foes, while the
     hedge-hog knows one only which is far more effectual.
(3) Attributed to Homer by Zenobius, and by Bergk to the

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