Photograph of vase at British Museum. The tag for the amphora reads:
Black-figured amphora (jar) with Dionysos, a goddess with two
children, and a satyr.
Made in Athens about 550BC; attributed to the Painter
of London B213 (named from this vase) From Vulci in Etruria.”
Photograph by Thomas Hart.
December 12, 2012


Homeric Apocrypha

This covers the Homeric Hymns, which I've dealt with previously, the Apocrypha, and the lives of Homer.

The Apocrypha consists of early mock epics, or “fun poems” (παιγνια), such as Margites, The Battle of the Weasels and the Mice, and The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice. The first of these is obscene and somewhat amusing. The latter two are fairly funny, and I kept longing, while reading about the frogs and mice, that Walt Disney were around to set it to music, and do a cartoon version of it, much as he did with Beethoven's 6th symphony in Fantasia.

The lives of Homer are repetitious, and not all that interesting. The real fun is in the mock epics.

Next up, Hesiod and poems attributed to him.