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The sources of Spenser's classical mythology


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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE SOURCES OF SPENSER'S CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY. ACHERON. --F. Q. 1. 5. 33. One of the rivers in the Lower World, mentioned by Virgil (Mn. 6. 295). ACHILLES.--F. Q. 3. 2. 25; T. G. 66; H. L. 233. F. Q. 3. 2. 25 contains a reference to the famous armor of Achilles, -which, according to II. 18. 468 ff., Vulcan made for Achilles at the request of Thetis. In V. G. 66 the oft-repeated story of the triumph of Achilles (iEacides) over Hector is referred to. With this compare //. 22,  where a lengthy description of the combat between the two heroes is related. Spenser (upon his own authority, since the statement does not occur in the original of Virgil's Gnat) says that Achilles dragged the body of Hector three times around Troy. The authority for this is not found in the Iliad, which says that Achilles bound the body of Hector to his chariot and dragged him to the Greek camp; but in JEn. 1. 483: "Thrice round Ilium's walls had Achilles dragged Hector, and now he was selling his lifeless body for gold." For the death of Achilles at the hands of Taris (V. G. 67), see II. 22. 359. The power of love over Achilles is mentioned in H. L. 233 : --  Achilles preassing through the Phrygian glaives. This is a reference to Achilles' love for Patroclus, whose death spurred him on to the battle with the Trojans, which is described in //. 19. 20, ff. The immediate source of the allusion is shown from the grouping to be the Symposium of Plato. 13" ACONTIUS.--F. q. 2. 7. 55. The romantic story of the love of Acontius for Cydippe and of the means by which he won her love is here cited. As in several other myths, it was an apple which played the important part. This fair youth, Acontius, saw the beautiful Cydippe worshiping in the temple of Diana. He succumbed to her charms at o...

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