By R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus
Author note: Translated and Introductions by way of R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma
By delivering, for the 1st time in one version, entire English translations of Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae -- the 2 most crucial surviving "handbooks" of classical mythography--this quantity allows readers to check the two's types of an important Greek and Roman myths.
A normal advent units the Library and Fabulae into the broader context of old mythography; introductions to every textual content talk about in larger aspect problems with authorship, target, and effect. A basic index, an index of individuals and geographic destinations, and an index of authors and works pointed out by way of the mythographers also are integrated.
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But shorter is not always more straightforward, and there are places where the removal of detail creates a less coherent narrative than the original. We have chosen in this book to translate a combined version of them (created by J. G. Frazer for his 1921 Loeb edition), which stitches the separate epitomes together to create a fuller and more connected account that presumably resembles the unepitomized original more closely than either of the two individual abridgments. And where the epitomes happen to coincide exactly, as they do with some frequency, we can be sure that we at least have something reasonably close to the wording of the original.
Almost certainly not. Even if we grant that the Bibliotheke was not originally viewed as a product of a brilliant mind engaged in imposing scholarly industry or as a scholarly tool for highlevel research, it is a perfectly competent work and would have been well suited to all the potential audiences outlined above. We can certainly say that by the Middle Ages it represented for Byzantine scholars a work of great scholarship (the attribution to Apollodorus of Athens would not have hurt in this regard) since so much else had been lost, and it is quoted many times in their work as an authority.
Our earliest surviving manuscript of the work dates to the fourteenth century (around the time of Pediasimus, and perhaps his copy), but it is incomplete, now missing several pages, and it seems to have never contained the end of the Bibliotheke. Thus, despite the utility of Apollodorus, his work came very close to being lost entirely. Wagner realized that a manuscript in the Vatican Library containing excerpts of some of Tzetzes’ work also contained large abridged excerpts drawn from across the whole of the Bibliotheke—including the lost ending.
Apollodorus' Library and Hyginus' Fabulae: Two Handbooks of Greek Mythology by R. Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma, Apollodorus, Hyginus