Quintus Smyrnaeus, Posthomerica

LCL 19: 192-193




The gods react variously to Achilles’ death, and the Greeks prepare to resume hostilities. But Thetis wishes to hold funeral games in honor of her son, and in the remainder of the book these competitions are described.

Funeral games for Achilles were described in the Aethiopis, but Quintus is chiefly concerned to engage with the Homeric narrative of the games held by Achilles for Patroclus in Book 23 of the Iliad. He adds all-in wrestling, the long jump, and horse riding, all of which featured in the games of the Roman imperial period; and Nestor’s verse encomium of Achilles probably reflects the artistic contests commonly included in games in Quintus’ time.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.quintus_smyrnaeus-posthomerica.2018