By Aad Kleywegt

This paintings presents a whole statement at the first ebook of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, an epic which has got elevated cognizance within the previous few a long time, as might be noticeable from contemporary versions (1997 and 2003). Its first target is to elucidate the textual content, that is occasionally particularly tough and, in locations, nonetheless no longer verified with sure bet. except this philological point, the literary benefits of the poem have additionally been taken into consideration.

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16) the succession to Cretheus has nothing irregular in itself, but obviously was felt to be unfair to Aeson as the son of the former king, whereas Pelias sprang from the union of the queen, Tyro, with Poseidon: Hom. Od. 235–259. Cf. 493 f. frenabat: in itself this verb need not have the connotation of a harsh rule (Langen: ad indicandum durum Peliae imperium). Ilioneus describes (V. A. 523) Dido’s activities in Carthage as iustitia … gentis frenare superbas ‘to rule, control’ (where, incidentally, some dispute has arisen concerning the question of whether the Carthaginians themselves are to be included in the gentes superbae).

320) hominum pavor for Amycus (cf. Sen. O. 27 taurusque populis horridus centum pavor). 404 f. (arvaque nigro / vasta metu), metus denotes a cause of fear which is not a living being. g. Hor. S. 67), metus seems to have been introduced (and frequently used) by Seneca: Phaed. 29, Thy. 1049, Phoen. 516, Tro. 62, 243, 742, Med. F. 230 non levem populis metum (the nearest parallel). 320, cited above) parallels are scarce; cf. Sen. O. 27, cited above. ’ omnes and printed in all editions from Heinsius on, explains the use of petunt, which would hardly make sense with omnes; cf.

1–3; Hyg. 30) it was the same as the one who by his union with Pasiphae became the father of the Minotaur. In most versions he is identical with the third one mentioned above, the bull from Marathon: the original Cretan bull, defeated but obviously not killed by Hercules (except in V. A. 294), later emigrated to Attica, where he was subdued by Theseus, either tamed or killed (Apollod. 7; Paus. 10; RE Suppl. ; Ov. Met. 434; cf. also Diod. 4). If this bull (whether or not the same as the Cretan one) is meant, VF is thinking of Theseus’ exploits as well, not only those of Hercules.

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