Gaius Julius Hyginus lived in Roman Spain in the first century CE. His Fabulae ( Fables) has long been recognized as being poor in quality and writing style;. Apollodorus’ Library and Hyginus’ Fabulae. Two Handbooks of Greek Mythology. Apollodorus & Hyginus Translated, with Introduction, by Stephen M. First century CE Roman author Gaius Julius Hyginus is well known for his writings concerning the Fabulae and Astronomica. These two categories are.

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In hyginuss the text of Fabulae was all but lost: When he tried to do this he fanulae slain by the thunderbolt of Jove [Zeus]. Antilochus, son of Nestor; by a bitch after he was exposed on Mt. MEDEA When Medea, the daughter of Aeetes and Idyia, had already begotten two sons from Jason, Mermerus and Pheres, and they were living in the greatest harmony, it was thrown in his teeth that a man so brave and handsome and noble should have for a wife a foreigner and a sorceress.

Gaius Julius Hyginus

For a welcome modern edition of the Hermeneumata, see Fabuale. Werth, De Hygini Fabularum Indole, 4 suggests that all of the unexplained Greek means that the work could not be intended for students, but is instead meant for people wanting to understand art and literature Micyllus attributed the work to C.

Rose, Hygini Fabulae Leiden, xii. Immediately following upon the first version in Hyginus is a sec- ond, longer version, which is based on Ovid Met.


This is not to say, however, that we can—or should—ignore the fact that the Fabulae is made up of mostly Greek material. Toward a Roman Mythography.

Cameron, Greek Mythography, Aeolus et Boeotus Neptuni et Menalippes filii a vacca. In this regard, the ap- pended Roman material is the most important marker hyginuw its Roman nature, because it has been added solely for a Roman audience. Furthermore, Hyginus is not simply cribbing, but partaking in a scholarly discussion of sorts. Brown, The Narratives of Konon.

HYGINUS, FABULAE – Theoi Classical Texts Library

And part moves dim and starless from the prow Up to the mast, but all the rest is bright. This type of Romanization is subtler than that in the Cura myth, but the Cura myth is unique, and so other aspects of Roman interest require more work to uncover. When neither his father nor his mother was willing to die for him, his wife Alcestis offered herself, and died for him in vicarious death.

While the Argonauts were staying with Lycus, and had gone out for straw [corrupt: Now too, Apollo is said to have given this Phineus the power of prophecy. A tragic source seems unlikely, as nurses are always unnamed. But this betwixt-and- between nature of the Fabulae especially in terms of its language reflects the very nature of the material within a Roman context and dramatizes the process whereby Greek material becomes Roman.

A possibility no one seems to have raised is that if these were originally Greek verses they may have been in cretics and then put into hexameter by whoever translated them. Asterion and Amphion, sons of Hyperasius, others say of Hippasus, from Pellene.


He himself departed with Medea for Corinth. Tiphys, son of Phorbas and Hyrmine, a Boeotian; he was the helmsman for the ship Argo. It is no surprise to find that this poem also influences hygknus Fabulae. In the course of printing, following the usual practice, by which the manuscripts printed in the 15th and 16th centuries have rarely survived their treatment at the printshop, the manuscript was pulled apart: All these are lost.

And Hyginus here is in good com- pany: It is htginus he was able to run over water with dry feet. hgginus

Palaemonius, son of Lernus, a Calydonian. The names of the horses are most interesting here: Even when following Vergil, Hyginud is no slavish copyist, and provides evidence of the time he must have spent with a grammaticus, learning how to explicate poetry.

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Under the name of Hyginus there are extant what are probably two sets of school notes abbreviating his treatises on mythology ; one is a collection of Fabulae “stories”the other a “Poetical Astronomy”. Zetes and Calais, sons of the hyginsu Aquilo and Orithyia, daughter of Erechtheus. At the center bench sat Hercules and Idas.