Quintus Smyrnaeus, Testimonia

LCL 19: 2-3

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QUINTUS SMYRNAEUS

TESTIMONIA

1 Schol. ADGen ad Hom. Il. 2.220, vol. 1, p. 83 Dindorf (A), p. 83 Van Thiel (D)

ἰστέον δὲ ὅτι ὁ Ἀχιλλεὺς αὐτὸν ἀναιρεῖ, ὡς ἱστορεῖ Κόιντος ὁ ποιητὴς ἐν τοῖς μεθ’ Ὅμηρον. φησὶν γὰρ ὅτι ἐν τῇ Ἀμαζονομαχίᾳ ἀνείλας Ἀχιλλεὺς Πενθεσίλειαν τὴν τῶν Ἀμαζόνων βασίλειαν ὕστερον προσχὼν τὸ σῶμα αὐτῆς εὐπρεπὲς πάνυ εἰς ἔρωτα ἦλθεν τῆς προειρημένης, βαρέως τε ἔφερεν ἐπὶ τῷ θανάτῳ αὐτῆς. ὁρῶν δὲ δυσφοροῦντα αὐτὸν Θερσίτης συνήθως ἐλοιδόρει, ἐφ’ ᾧ ὀργισθεὶς ὁ ἥρως γρόνθῳ παίσας ἀναιρεῖ αὐτὸν παραυτά, τῶν ὀδόντων αὐτοῦ ἐνεχθέντων χαμαί.

2 Eustathius 5, prooem. ad Hom. Il. 1

ὁ Ἀρίσταρχος καὶ μετ’ ἐκεῖνον Ζηνόδοτος . . . τὰ τοιαῦτα τμήματα οὐκ ἠθέλησαν ὀνομάσαι πρῶτον τυχὸν λόγον καὶ δεύτερον καὶ τρίτον καὶ τὰ ἑξῆς, καθάπερ ἐποίησε Κόιντος ἐν τοῖς μετὰ τὸν Ὅμηρον, ἀλλ’ ἐπειδήπερ ἡ βίβλος ἐξήρκει πρὸς πλείω τμήματα, ἔκριναν σεμνὸν ὀνομάσαι τὰς τομὰς τοῖς ὀνόμασι τῶν

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POSTHOMERICA, TESTIMONIA

TESTIMONIA

1 Scholiast on Homer, Iliad 2.220

He [Thersites] is killed by Achilles. The story is told by the poet Quintus in his Posthomerica: Achilles killed the Amazon queen Penthesileia in the Amazonomachy, then revealed her great beauty, fell in love with her, and deeply regretted her death. Thersites noticed his distress and insulted him in his usual fashion; the angry hero killed him on the spot with a punch, knocking out all his teeth.1

2 Eustathius, Introduction to the Iliad2

Aristarchus, and after him Zenodotus,3 did not want to name sections of this sort “The First Logos”4 (as it might be), “The Second Logos,” “The Third Logos,” and so on, as did Quintus in the Posthomerica. Instead, since the Iliad had enough material for numerous sections, they

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.quintus_smyrnaeus-testimonia.2018