By Robert Graves
Robert Graves, classicist, poet and unorthodox critic, retells the Greek legends of gods and heroes for a contemporary audience.
He demonstrates with a blinding exhibit of suitable wisdom that Greek mythology is 'no extra mysterious in content material than are glossy election cartoons'.
All the scattered components of every fantasy are assembled right into a harmonious narrative, and lots of versions are recorded which could support to figure out its ritual or old which means. complete indexes and references to the classical resources make the e-book as necessary to the coed because the common reader. And a whole statement on every one fantasy translates the classical model within the gentle of latest archaeological and anthropological wisdom.
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21), Tantalus, Pelops, and Niobe were Phrygians; and he quotes Demetrius of Scepsis, and also Callisthenes (xiv. 28), as saying that the family derived their wealth from the mines of Phrygia and Mount Sipylus. Moreover, in Aeschylus’s Niobe (cited by Strabo: xii. 8. 21) the Tantalids are said to have had ‘an altar of Zeus, their paternal god, on Mount Ida’; and Sipylus is located ‘in the Idaean land’. Democles, whom Strabo quoted at second hand, rationalizes the Tantalus myth, saying that his reign was marked by violent earthquakes in Lydia and Ionia, as far as the Troad: entire villages disappeared, Mount Sipylus was overturned, marshes were converted into lakes, and Troy was submerged (Strabo: i.
1 and ix. 1; Diodorus Siculus: iv. 66. 1. This is a popular minstrel tale, containing few mythic elements, which could be told either in Thebes or Argos without causing offence; which would be of interest to the people of Psophis, Nemea, and the Achelous valley; which purposed to account for the founding of Hestiaea, and the colonization of Acarnania; and which had a strong moral flavour. It taught the instability of women’s judgement, the folly of men in humouring their vanity or greed, the wisdom of listening to seers who are beyond suspicion, the danger of misinterpreting oracles, and the inescapable curse that fell on any son who killed his mother, even in placation of his murdered father’s ghost (see 114.
Frommel. 14. Apollodorus: Epitome ii. 3; Pindar: Olympian Odes i. 37 ff; Lucian: Charidemus 7; Ovid: Metamorphoses vi. 406; Tzetzes: On Lycophron 152; Pausanias: v. 13. 3. 15. Pindar: loc. ; Euripides: Iphigeneia Among the Taurians 387. 16. Pausanias: iii. 22. 4; Apollodorus: Epitome ii. 2; Ovid: Ibis 517, with scholiast. 1. According to Strabo (xii. 21), Tantalus, Pelops, and Niobe were Phrygians; and he quotes Demetrius of Scepsis, and also Callisthenes (xiv. 28), as saying that the family derived their wealth from the mines of Phrygia and Mount Sipylus.