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1238477.  Wed May 31, 2017 2:44 am Reply with quote

The Telegony is a lost poem possibly the sequel to the well-known Homer's Odessey which relates to Telegonus, son of Odysseus. The Story of the Odyssey is an epic poem but unlike the Odessey has an unknown author though a couple has been named as to its origins. In an interesting twist of events, Telegonus kills his own father whilst trying to take his land with a spear dipped in the poison of a sting ray given to him by the god Hephaestus.

Burgess, J. (2004). The tradition of the Trojan War in Homer and the epic cycle. 1st ed. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, p.153, 7,

Revolvy, L. (n.d.). "Telegony" on [online] Available at: [Accessed 31 May 2017].

1238652.  Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:16 pm Reply with quote

Ooh - never heard of that one! It's a bit inaccurate to say 'unlike the Odyssey has an unknown author' though, given that 'Homer' was as far as anyone knows not one person but probably many.

1238665.  Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:01 am Reply with quote

In that sense, you are right Jenny but the Odyssey has at least an accredited writer even though it is believed Homer is more than one person. The Telegony writer(s) are unknown though there is some speculation around possibilities of writers within scholarly groups. One of them is Cinaethon of Sparta another is Musaeus of Athens. But it is still unclear as to the true writer. Alas, as most Classical texts go it is near impossible to find the true writer even if it is accredited to them...and as amateur classist that is awfully sad.

West, Martin L. Greek Epic Fragments. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2003, pp. 250-255. p24

1238853.  Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:42 pm Reply with quote

Were things 'written' that way in ancient times though? With an 'official' text? My feeling is that this is an oral tradition that was recorded and added to over a long period, much as traditional folk songs still are.

Alexander Howard
1238911.  Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:46 am Reply with quote

Well, we all know that the Iliad was not written by Homer, but by another man of the same name.

1238937.  Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:23 pm Reply with quote

Most Greek stories and such were oral and that is possibly why we have a limited amount of resources though we do have the names of many writers or "historians" from ancient times. Though we cannot know 100% if these records or writings have the correct names attached...generally we assume the name(s) that is attributed to those stories or such....I've just realised Oral begins with O....


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