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Early Greek Mythography: Volume 1: Text and Introduction: Text and Introduction Vol 1 [Hardcover]

R. L. Fowler , Robert L. Fowler

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1 April 2001 0198147406 978-0198147404
This volume collects together the scattered quotations of the Greek writers of the sixth to the fourth centuries BC who first recorded in prose the tales of Greek mythology (the 'mythographers'). Volume 1 is an edition of the texts, whilst Volume 2, which provides the commentary, will follow in a couple of years' time.

Here Professor Fowler presents new texts of Hekataios' Genealogies, Akousilaos, Pherekydes of Athens, the mythographical works of Hellanikos, Andron of Halikarnassos, pseudo-Epimenides, Herodoros, and many other ancient Greek mythographers. The texts are based on a fresh examination of manuscripts and papyri, particularly of the minor scholia to Homer. Read together for the first time, these texts represent an important and understudied genre of early Greek literature.

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... a well organized and very useful work. We expect with great interest the publishing of the commentaries in the second volume. (Gnomon)

Some editorial practices make the work very useful and easy to use. The authors are presented in alphabetical order, the typography is clear ... the critical apparatus follows the fragment in the brief ones and appears as a footnote in the longer ones. (Gnomon)

Fowler offers us an edition that has never been proposed before: the fragments of Greek mythography from its beginnings to the early fourth century. (Gnomon)

... user-friendly ... I cannot emphasize too strongly my admiration for Fowler's thoroughness and consummate scholarship. (Hermathena)

An extremely useful collection of the early evidence for writers of "myth as history" (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Graecian Philological Scholarship! 11 Mar 2013
By John E.D.P. Malin - Published on Amazon.com
It is my pleasure to be the first scholar to tender a review of this brilliant edition published April, 2001 by Oxford University Press. This is Volume 1: Text and Introduction. Volume 2: Commentary will be released July, 2013.

The book is ostensibly a selection from the massive 15-volume German scholarship, Jacoby's "Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker." Those of us brought up on Robert Graves, "The Greek Myths" (Penguin, 2-volumes) are delighted by these twin labors of Professor Robert L. Fowler. The two books are pricey (Volume 1, $199.00 & Volume 2, $250.00); however, this is to be expected from learned books with a small privileged readership. This is the standard price range for exceptionally brilliant classical work products. These two volumes must be in one's personal library.

With the present age's interest in ancient Greek mythographers and their mythographia, these volumes are a welcome addition.

I will add more information as I make my way through these volumes.
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