Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica

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BOOK I

Quintus dispenses with the customary invocation of the Muses in order to make his first line continue from the end of the Iliad. Book 1 tells of the arrival of the proud Amazon queen Penthesileia, the welcome she receives from the hard-pressed Trojans, her initial successes in battle, and her defeat by Achilles, who kills Thersites for mocking his admiration for the beautiful victim. The book closes with burial of the dead.

Penthesileia featured in the Aethiopis.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.quintus_smyrnaeus-posthomerica.2018