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A Note on Iliad 9.524–99: The Story of Meleager*

  • S. C. R. Swain (a1)
Abstract

The story of Meleager as it is told in Greek literature clearly reflects two discrete versions, which may be termed the epic and the non-epic. The latter, as retold by Apollodorus(Bibl. 1.8.1–3), shows the folktale elements of love and the life-token (the brand which must not be rekindled). The other version, as told by Homer(Iliad 9.524-99) followed by Apollodorus (1.8.3), is an epic story where Meleager is the great hero whose μῆνις keeps him from fighting for his native Calydon against the neighbouring Curetes of Pleuron.

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The Classical Quarterly
  • ISSN: 0009-8388
  • EISSN: 1471-6844
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