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date: 30 November 2022

Apollodorus(9)locked

, Greek author of the Bibliotheca, 2nd cent. ce

Apollodorus(9)locked

, Greek author of the Bibliotheca, 2nd cent. ce
  • Simon Hornblower

Extract

Apollodorus (9), author of a very useful complete collection of the Greek myths, the Bibliotheca (‘library’), which was attributed, in antiquity and by *Photius, to no. (6) above. But a reference to *Castor of Rhodes (2. 1. 3) rules this out on chronological grounds, not to mention more general considerations. Apollodorus may have written in the 2nd cent. AD, and may indeed, like no. (6), have been an Athenian, or perhaps have come from east Greece. It is usual to sneer at the Bibliotheca, which was no doubt a derivative work. But it is a tour de force of organization—a mass of proper names and genealogical information subordinated to an essentially narrative principle—and is highly readable. See mythographers.

Subjects

  • Greek Myth and Religion

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