Hesychius of Miletus, Lives of Homer 6. Index of Famous Authors

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Lives of Homer

Hesychius Milesius

(Suda o 251, iii.524.27 Adler)

1Ὅμηρος ὁ ποιητής, Μέλητος τοῦ ἐν Σμύρνηι ποταμοῦ καὶ Κριθηΐδος νύμφης, ὥς φησι Καστρίκιος ὁ Νικαεύς· ὡς δὲ ἄλλοι, Ἀπόλλωνος καὶ Καλλιόπης τῆς Μούσης· ὡς δὲ Χάραξ ὁ ἱστορικὸς (FGrHist 103 F 62), Μαίονος {ἢ Μητίου} καὶ Εὐμήτιδος μητρός· κατὰ δὲ ἄλλους Τηλεμάχου τοῦ Ὀδυσσέως καὶ Πολυκάστης τῆς Νέστορος. ἔστι δὲ ἡ τοῦ γένους τάξις κατὰ τὸν ἱστορικὸν Χάρακα αὕτη· Αἰθούσης Θράισσης Λίνος, τοῦ δὲ Πίερος, τοῦ δὲ Οἴαγρος, τοῦ δὲ Ὀρφεύς, τοῦ δὲ Δρής, τοῦ δὲ Εὐκλέης, τοῦ δὲ Ἰδμονίδης, τοῦ δὲ Φιλοτέρπης, τοῦ δὲ Εὔφημος, τοῦ δὲ Ἐπιφράδης, τοῦ δὲ Μελάνωπος, τοῦ δὲ Ἀπελλῆς, τοῦ δὲ Μαίων, ὃς ἦλθεν ἅμα ταῖς Ἀμαζόσιν ἐν Σμύρνηι καὶ γήμας Εὔμητιν τὴν Εὐέπους τοῦ Μνησιγένους65 ἐποίησεν Ὅμηρον.

2ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ κατὰ τὴν πατρίδα ἀμφίβολος διὰ τὸ ἀπιστηθῆναι ὅλως εἶναι θνητὸν τῶι μεγέθει τῆς φύσεως. οἳ μὲν γὰρ ἔφασαν γενέσθαι Σμυρναῖον, οἳ δὲ Χῖον, οἳ δὲ Κολοφώνιον, οἳ δὲ Ἰήτην, οἳ δὲ Κυμαῖον, οἳ δὲ ἐκ Τροίας ἀπὸ χωρίου Κεγχρεῶν, οἳ δὲ


6.Hesychius Of Miletus

6. From Hesychius of Miletus

Index of Famous Authors

Homer, the poet, son of Meles, the river of Smyrna, and of a nymph Critheis, as Castricius of Nicaea says; or as others say, of Apollo and the Muse Calliope; or as the historian Charax says, of Maion and Eumetis; or according to others, of Odysseus’ son Telemachus and Nestor’s daughter Polycaste. The sequence of his lineage according to the historian Charax is as follows: from a Thracian woman Aithousa Linus was born, from him Pierus, from him Oeagrus, from him Orpheus, from him Dres, from him Eucles, from him Idmonides, from him Philoterpes, from him Euphemus, from him Epiphrades, from him Melanopus, from him Apelles, from him Maion, who came to Smyrna at the same time as the Amazons, married Eumetis the daughter of Euepes, son of Mnesigenes, and fathered Homer.

He is likewise indeterminate in respect of his homeland, as his mighty talent made it seem incredible that he was mortal at all. For some said he was born a Smyrnaean, some a Chian, some a Colophonian, some a man of Ios, some a Cymaean, some from a place Kenchreai in the

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hesychius_miletus-index_famous_authors.2003