[Homer], Epikichlides

LCL 496: 256-257

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Homeric Apocrypha

Ps.-Herod. Vita Homeri 24

καὶ τοὺς Κέρκωπας καὶ Βατραχομαχίαν καὶ Ψαρομαχίην καὶ Ἑπταπακτικὴν καὶ Ἐπικιχλίδας καὶ τἄλλα πάντα ὅσα παίγνιά ἐστιν Ὁμήρου ἐνταῦθα ἐποίησε παρὰ τῶι Χίωι ἐν Βολισσῶι.

Hesychius Milesius, Vita Homeri 6

ἀναφέρεται δὲ εἰς αὐτὸν καὶ ἄλλα τινὰ ποιήματα· Ἀμαζονία, Ἰλιὰς Μικρά, Νόστοι, Ἐπικιχλίδες, κτλ.


Plato Phaedr. 252b

λέγουσι δὲ οἶμαί τινες Ὁμηριδῶν ἐκ τῶν ἀποθέτων ἐπῶν δύο ἔπη εἰς τὸν Ἔρωτα, ὧν τὸ ἕτερον ὑβριστικὸν πάνυ καὶ οὐ σφόδρα τι ἔμμετρον· ὑμνοῦσι δὲ ὧδε·

τὸν δ᾿ ἤτοι θνητοὶ μὲν Ἔρωτα καλοῦσι ποτηνόν, ἀθάνατοι δὲ Πτέρωτα διὰ πτεροφύτορ᾿ ἀνάγκην.



Pseudo-Herodotus, Life of Homer And the Cercopes, the Battle of Frogs, the Battle of Starlings, the Heptapaktike, the Epikichlides, and the rest of Homer’s fun poems, he composed there in the Chian’s house at Bolissos.

Hesychius of Miletus, Index of Famous Authors

Certain other poems are also attributed to him (Homer): the Amazonia, the Little Iliad, the Returns, the Epikichlides, etc.


Plato, Phaedrus

And I believe some of the Homeridai recite from their Apocrypha5 two verses about Eros, one of which is quite outrageous and not particularly metrical—this is how they hymn him:

And mortals call him Eros the flighty, while the immortals call him Pteros, because he makes one grow wings (ptera).6

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.homeric_apocrypha_epikichlides.2003