All Search Options [ view abbreviations ]. Hide browse bar Your current position in the text is marked in blue. Click anywhere in the line to jump to another position:. Pluto fell in love with Persephone and with the help of Zeus carried her off secretly. And first she sat down on the rock which has been named Laughless after her, beside what is called the Well of the Fair Dances 3 ; thereupon she made her way to Celeus, who at that time reigned over the Eleusinians. Some women were in the house, and when they bade her sit down beside them, a certain old crone, Iambe, joked the goddess and made her smile.
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The author was traditionally thought to be Apollodorus of Athens , but that attribution is now regarded as false, and so " Pseudo- " was added to Apollodorus. The Bibliotheca has been called "the most valuable mythographical work that has come down from ancient times.
It has the following not ungraceful epigram: 'Draw your knowledge of the past from me and read the ancient tales of learned lore. Look neither at the page of Homer , nor of elegy , nor tragic muse , nor epic strain. Seek not the vaunted verse of the cycle ; but look in me and you will find in me all that the world contains'.
The brief and unadorned accounts of myth in the Bibliotheca have led some commentators to suggest that even its complete sections are an epitome of a lost work. A certain "Apollodorus" is indicated as author on some surviving manuscripts. The text which did survive to the present, however, cites a Roman author: Castor the Annalist , a contemporary of Cicero in the 1st century BC. The mistaken attribution was made by scholars following Photius' mention of the name, though Photius did not name him as the Athenian and the name was in common use at the time.
Traditional references simply instance "the Library and Epitome ". One of his many sources was the Tragodoumena Subjects of Tragedies a 4th-century BC analysis of the myths in Greek tragedies by Asclepiades of Tragilus ,  the first known Greek mythographic compilation. The first mention of the work is by Photius in the 9th century.
It was almost lost in the 13th century, surviving in one now-incomplete manuscript,  which was copied for Cardinal Bessarion in the 15th century; the other surviving manuscripts derive from Bessarion's copy. Although the Bibliotheca is undivided in the manuscripts, it is conventionally divided into three books. Part of the third book, which breaks off abruptly in the story of Theseus, has been lost. Photius had the full work before him, as he mentions in his "account of books read" that it contained stories of the heroes of the Trojan War and the nostoi , missing in surviving manuscripts.
Sir James George Frazer published an epitome of the book by conflating two manuscript summaries of the text,  which included the lost part. The first printed edition of the Bibliotheca was published in Rome in , edited by Benedetto Egio Benedictus Aegius of Spoleto , who divided the text in three books, [iii] but made many unwarranted emendations in the very corrupt text.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Bibliotheca Photius. For the classic examples of epitomes and encyclopedias substituting in Christian hands for the literature of Classical Antiquity itself, see Isidore of Seville 's Etymologiae and Martianus Capella.
Diller , Diller and f. The Library of Greek Mythology. Independently Published. Amsterdam: A. Lawrence, Kansas: Coronado Press. Scott; Trzaskoma, Stephen M. Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing. Greek Mythology: An Introduction. Loeb Classical Library.
APOLLODORUS, THE LIBRARY 1
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The work was traditionally ascribed to Apollodorus of Alexandria, a Greek scholar who flourished in the C2nd B. The work is generally believed to be a C2nd A. The Library. Translated by Sir James George Frazer. The two Loeb volumes of Apollodorus are still in print and available new at Amazon. In addition to the translation the book contains the source Greek text and Frazer's copious introduction and footnotes.
The Bibliotheca Template:Lang-grc 'library' , in three books, provides a grand summary of traditional Greek mythology and heroic legends , "the most valuable mythographical work that has come down from ancient times," Aubrey Diller observed,  whose "stultifying purpose" was neatly expressed in the epigram noted by Patriarch Photius I of Constantinople : It has the following not ungraceful epigram: 'Draw your knowledge of the past from me and read the ancient tales of learned lore. Look neither at the page of Homer , nor of elegy , nor tragic muse , nor epic strain. Seek not the vaunted verse of the cycle ; but look in me and you will find in me all that the world contains'. The brief and plainly expressed accounts of myth in the Bibliotheca have led some commentators to suggest that even its complete sections are an epitome of a lost work. A certain "Apollodorus" is indicated as author on some surviving manuscripts Diller