Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle, Homerica. 1922. Fragments of the Epic Cycle
The War of the Titans
HE E PIC C YCLE begins with the fabled union of Heaven and Earth, by which they make three hundred-handed sons and three Cyclopes to be born to him. 1
2. According to the writer of the
War of the Titans Heaven was the son of Aether. 2
3. Eumelus says that Aegaeon was the son of Earth and Sea and, having his dwelling in the sea, was an ally of the Titans.
4. The poet of the
War of the Titans, whether Eumelus of Corinth or Arctinus, writes thus in his second book: Upon the shield were dumb fish afloat, with golden faces, swimming and sporting through the heavenly water. 4
5. Eumelus somewhere introduces Zeus dancing: he saysIn the midst of them danced the Father of men and gods.
6. The author of the
War of the Giants says that Cronos took the shape of a horse and lay with Philyra, the daughter Ocean. Through this cause Cheiron was born a centaur: his wife was Chariclo. 6
7. Theolytus says that he (Heracles) sailed across the sea in a cauldron;
1 but the first to give this story is the author of the War of the Titans. 7
8. The author of the
War of the Titans says that the apples (of the Hesperides) were guarded
See the cylix reproduced by Gerhard, Note 1. Abhandlungen, taf. 5, 4. Cp. Stesichorus, Frag. 3 (Smyth). [ back]