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APOLLODORUS - The Library II.Loeb Translation by James Goerge FRAZER

APOLLODORUS - The Library II.Loeb Translation by James Goerge FRAZER

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Begins with book III continued
Atlas and Pleione daughter of Ocean, had seven daughters called the Pleiades, born to them at Cyllene in Arcadia to wit : Aleyone, Merope, Celaeno, Electra,Sterope, Taygete and Maia.

In some respects the Library of Apollodorus resembles the book of Genesis.
the Library of Apollodorus presents us with a history of the world, as
it was conceived by the Greeks, from the dark beginning down to a time when the mists of fable began to lift and to disclose the real actors on the scene. In other words, Apollodorus conducts us from the purely mythical ages, which lie far
beyond the reach of human memory, down to the borderland of history. For I see no reason to doubt that many, perhaps most, of the legendary persons
recorded by him were not fabulous beings, but men of flesh and blood, the memory of whose fortunes and family relationships survived in oral tradition until they were embalmed in Greek literature. It is true that in his book, as in legend
generally, the real and the fabulous elements blend so intimately with each other that it is often difficult or impossible to distinguish them.
For example ; while it seems tolerably certain that the tradition of the return of the Heraclids to Peloponnese is substantially correct, their ancestor Hercules a few
generations earlier looms still so dim through the fog of fable and romance that we can hardly say whether any part of his gigantic figure is solid, in other words, whether the stories told of him refer to a real man at all or only to a creature of fairyland.
Again, though the record of the old wars of Thebes and Troy is embellished or defaced by many mythical episodes and incidents, we need not scruple to believe
that its broad outlines are true, and that the principal heroes and heroines of the Theban and Trojan legends were real and not mythical beings.
Instead of the heroes being gods on the downward road to humanity, they are men on the upward road to divinity ; in other words, they are men of flesh and blood, about whom after their death fancy spun her glittering cobwebs till their real humanity was hardly recognizable, and they partook more and
more of the character of deities. To Apollodorus, they seem to have been all
equally credible ; or if he entertained any doubts as to their credibility, he carefully suppressed them.
Begins with book III continued
Atlas and Pleione daughter of Ocean, had seven daughters called the Pleiades, born to them at Cyllene in Arcadia to wit : Aleyone, Merope, Celaeno, Electra,Sterope, Taygete and Maia.

In some respects the Library of Apollodorus resembles the book of Genesis.
the Library of Apollodorus presents us with a history of the world, as
it was conceived by the Greeks, from the dark beginning down to a time when the mists of fable began to lift and to disclose the real actors on the scene. In other words, Apollodorus conducts us from the purely mythical ages, which lie far
beyond the reach of human memory, down to the borderland of history. For I see no reason to doubt that many, perhaps most, of the legendary persons
recorded by him were not fabulous beings, but men of flesh and blood, the memory of whose fortunes and family relationships survived in oral tradition until they were embalmed in Greek literature. It is true that in his book, as in legend
generally, the real and the fabulous elements blend so intimately with each other that it is often difficult or impossible to distinguish them.
For example ; while it seems tolerably certain that the tradition of the return of the Heraclids to Peloponnese is substantially correct, their ancestor Hercules a few
generations earlier looms still so dim through the fog of fable and romance that we can hardly say whether any part of his gigantic figure is solid, in other words, whether the stories told of him refer to a real man at all or only to a creature of fairyland.
Again, though the record of the old wars of Thebes and Troy is embellished or defaced by many mythical episodes and incidents, we need not scruple to believe
that its broad outlines are true, and that the principal heroes and heroines of the Theban and Trojan legends were real and not mythical beings.
Instead of the heroes being gods on the downward road to humanity, they are men on the upward road to divinity ; in other words, they are men of flesh and blood, about whom after their death fancy spun her glittering cobwebs till their real humanity was hardly recognizable, and they partook more and
more of the character of deities. To Apollodorus, they seem to have been all
equally credible ; or if he entertained any doubts as to their credibility, he carefully suppressed them.

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