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Taking of Oichalia


fragment 1

Eustathius, 330.41

An account has there been given of Eurytos and his daughter Iole, for whose sake Herakles sacked Oichalia. Homer also seems to have written on this subject, as that historian shows who relates that Kreophylos of Samos once had Homer for his guest and for a reward received the attribution of the poem which they call the Taking of Oichalia. Some, however, assert the opposite; that Kreophylos wrote the poem, and that Homer lent his name in return for his entertainment. And so Kallimachus writes: "I am the work of that Samian who once received divine Homer in his house. I sing of Eurytos and all his woes and of golden-haired Ioleia, and am reputed one of Homer's works. Dear Heaven! how great an honor this for Kreophylos!"

fragment 2

Cramer, Anec. Oxon. i. 327

"Ragged garments, even those that now you see." This verse [Odyssey xiv. 343] we shall also find in the Taking of Oichalia.

fragment 3

Schol. on Soph. Trach. 266

There is a disagreement as to the number of the sons of Eurytos. For Hesiod says Eurytos and Antioche had as many as four sons; but Kreophylos says two.

fragment 4

Schol. on Eur. Medea, 273

Didymus contrasts the following account given by Kreophylos, which is as follows: while Medeia was living in Corinth, she poisoned Kreon, who was ruler of the city at that time, and because she feared his friends and kinsfolk, fled to Athens. However, since her sons were too young to go along with her, she left them at the altar of Hera Akraea, thinking that their father would see to their safety. But the relatives of Kreon killed them and spread the story that Medeia had killed her own children as well as Kreon.

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