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Epic Cycle

fragment 1

Contest of Homer and Hesiod

Next [Homer composed] the Epigoni in seven thousand verses, beginning, "And now, Muses, let us begin to sing of younger men."

fragment 2

Photius, Lexicon

Teumesia. Those who have written on Theban affairs have given a full account of the Teumesian Fox. They relate that the creature was sent by the gods to punish the descendants of Kadmos, and that the Thebans therefore excluded those of the house of Kadmos from kingship. But, they say, a certain Kephalos, the son of Deïon, an Athenian, who owned a hound which no beast ever escaped, had accidentally killed his wife Prokris, and being purified of the homicide by the Kadmeans, hunted the fox with his hound, and when they had overtaken it both hound and fox were turned into stones near Teumessus [Boeotia]. These writers have taken the story from the Epic Cycle.

fragment 3

Schol. on Ap. Rhod. i. 308

The authors of the Thebaïs say that Manto the daughter of Teiresias was sent to Delphi by the Epigoni [After-Born, the sons of the Seven Against Thebes] as a first fruit of their spoil, and that in accordance with an oracle of Apollon she went out and met Rhakios, the son of Lebes, a Mykenaian by race. This man she married—for the oracle also contained the command that she should marry whomsoever she might meet—and coming to Kolophon, was there much cast down and wept over the destruction of her country.

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