Colluthus, The Rape of Helen

LCL 219: 534-535

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Introduction

Introduction

I. The Life of Colluthus

For the life of Colluthus we have the following authorities:

1. Suidas s.v. Κόλουθος “of Lycopolis in the Thebais [in Egypt: Ptolemy iv. 5. 62, Strabo 812], epic poet, who lived [or ‘flourished,’ γεγονώς] in the times of the emperor Anastasius [i.e. Anastasius I., emperor 491–518], wrote Calydoniaca in six books, and Encomia in epic verse, and Persica.” So Eudocia (Villoisin, Anecd. Gr. i. p. 271).

2. A Life of Colluthus in cod. Ambrosianus Q 5 sup.: “Coluthus of Lycopolis in the Thebais, epic poet, lived, according to Suidas, in the time of Anastasius, surnamed Brachinûs, who succeeded Zeno as emperor in Constantinople, and after whom reigned Justinus the Thracian, after whom again the emperor was divus (ὁ θεῖος) Justinianus, who delivered Italy from the servitude of the Goths through Belisarius—Justinian being the nephew of Justinus—a little over a thousand years ago. He wrote Calydoniaca in epic verse in six books and Encomia and Persica. To him is ascribed also the present poem, the Rape of Helen, a poem familiar and well known in Apulia, where also the poetry of the Homeric Quintus [the Post-Homerica—τῶν μεθ᾿ Ὅμηρον λόγοι of Q. Smyrnaeus or Calaber] was first discovered in the temple

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.colluthus-rape_helen.1928