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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).

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