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Early Greek Mythography: Volume 2 is a detailed commentary on the texts of Early Greek Mythography: Volume 1, which provided a critical edition of the twenty-nine authors of this genre of Greek prose from the late sixth to the early fourth centuries BC. After a general introduction, this volume offers in its first part a mythological commentary on the texts, arranged according to the major topics of Greek mythology (theTrojan Cycle, Herakles, the Argonauts, etc.). The aim is to recover, so far as possible, what each writer said about the stories, with full consideration of their historical context and significance for Greek literature, mythology, and religion. The synoptic, topic-by-topic approach allows all the fragments pertinent toany given myth to be treated together, so that one can more easily identify variants and trends, and plot the history of the myth. The second part of the volume is a philological commentary on the separate authors, discussing their life, works, and contribution to the genre, as well as textual problems and non-mythological questions raised by individual fragments.
Robert L. Fowler is the Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek at the University of Bristol.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Part A: Mythological Commentary 1. Theogony 2. Pelasgians, Leleges, Dryopes, Arcadians 3. Deukalion 4. Deukalionidai 5. Aiolidai 6. Argonauts 7. Inachidai 8. Herakles 9. Herakleidai 10. Agenoridai and Early Thebes 11. Crete 12. The Theban Cycle 13. Atlantides 14. Pelopidai 15. Asopides 16. Attic Legend 17. Local Histories 18. The Trojan Cycle 19. The Migrations 20. Other Fragments Part B: Philological Commentary Akousilaos Aethlios Agias And Derkylos Anaximander Andron Antiochos Aristophanes Armenidas Charon Damastes Dei(l)ochos Demokles Epimenides Pseudepigraphus Euagon Eudemos Eumelos Hekataios Hellanikos Herodoros Ion Kreophylos Menekrates Metrodoros Pherekydes Polos Simonides Skamon Skythinos Xenomedes Two Addenda to Volume 1 Corrigenda to Volume 1 Abbreviations and Bibliography Indices