The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

A Note on Iliad 9.524–99: The Story of Meleager*

S. C. R. Swaina1

a1 Wolfson College, Oxford

The story of Meleager as it is told in Greek literature clearly reflects two discrete versions, which may be termed the epic and the non-epic. The latter, as retold by Apollodorus(Bibl. 1.8.1–3), shows the folktale elements of love and the life-token (the brand which must not be rekindled). The other version, as told by Homer(Iliad 9.524-99) followed by Apollodorus (1.8.3), is an epic story where Meleager is the great hero whose μxs1FC6νις keeps him from fighting for his native Calydon against the neighbouring Curetes of Pleuron.

Footnotes

* I should like to acknowledge the valuable introduction to the problem of Meleager given to me by C. J. Cressey.