Narratives of Konon: Text, Translation and Commentary of the Diegeseis

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Konon's collection of fifty mythical "Narratives" (Diegeseis), which he dedicated to King Archelaos Philopatris of Cappadocia (36 B.C.-A.D. 17), is one of the most interesting mythographical works, not least because of the great variety of the material. It has also been one of the most neglected, in part because the work has not survived in its original form but in the summary of Photios, and also in part because it is the sole extant mythographic collection that was not organized around a particular theme, such as the better-known works of Parthenios and Antoninus Liberalis. Each narrative is set in a specific locality. Although several mythical categories are represented, foundation legends (ktiseis) and cult and local aetiologies predominate. Konon records versions of myths that depart from the standard tellings, as well as myths otherwise unattested.

This edition, the first published commentary on Konon in over two centuries, provides a text and translation of and commentary on each of the fifty tales, and an overview of mythography and of the myth types favored by Konon.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introducton
Photios' Introduction47
1Midas and the Brigians49
2Byblis58
3Lokros67
4Olynthos75
5Eunomos78
6Mopsos82
7Thamyris88
8Kanobos or Theonoe93
9Semiramis97
10Pallene or Klitos103
11Lindians or the plowherd108
12Ilos113
13Aithilla118
14Endymion123
15Pheneates128
16Promachos or Leukokomas132
17Syleus136
18Autoleon or Stesichoros141
19Psamathe or Linos148
20Theoklos or Chalkidians154
21Dardanos157
22The Cretan162
23Oinone166
24Narkissos172
25Iapyges or Bottiaioi179
26Karnos or Kodros186
27Deukalion194
28Tennes and Hemithea201
29Magnetes208
30Peithenios214
31Prokne218
32Europa224
33Smikros or Branchidai230
34Diomedean Compulsion237
35Apollo Gypaieus243
36Gortyna248
37Kadmos252
38The Milesian or the Deposit261
39Melanthos266
40Andromeda272
41Pelasgian 279
42A Fable288
43Anapias and Amphinomos293
44Leodamas296
45Orpheus301
46Aineias309
47Althaimenes321
48Phaistylos or Ilia328
49Apollo Aigletes338
50Tisiphonos or Thebe344
Photios' Epilogue351
Bibliography353
Index verborum369
Index locorum370
General Index386
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