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date: 03 December 2022

Laestrygoneslocked

Laestrygoneslocked

  • Nicholas J. Richardson

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Laestrygones, cannibal giants encountered by *Odysseus (Od. 10. 80–132), and perhaps derived from a pre-Homeric poem about the *Argonauts (A. Heubeck, Comm. on Homer's Odyssey ii (1989), 47–8 on Od. 10. 80–132). They inhabit ‘the lofty city of Lamus’, ruled by King Antiphates, who eats two of Odysseus' men. The nights are so short there that one can earn a double wage, which suggests the distant north (Crates in schol. Od. 10. 86). Greek tradition located them in *Sicily (Hes. fr. 150. 26 MW, Thuc. 6. 2. 1, etc. ), especially *Leontini (Theopompus, FGrH 115 F 225, etc. ), but the Romans placed them at *Formiae in *Campania (Cic. Att. 2. 13. 2, etc. ). *Horace playfully connects Lamus with the family of the Aelii Lamiae (Carm. 3. 17).

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  • Greek Literature
  • Greek Myth and Religion

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