Catalogue of Women/fr. 2

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Introduction[edit]

It is unclear what followed the list of gods in fr. 1, but the subsequent fragments deal with the family and descendants of Deucalion, so the story of the flood might have been presented. Martin West, who does not believe the flood narrative appeared in the Catalogue, proposes that Deucalion's wife Pyrrha was the first woman to have been presented, since she apparently slept with Zeus and bore Hellen (see frr. 4 and 9).[1]

Text[edit]

Hesiod says in the first book of the Catalogues that Deucalion was the son of Prometheus and Pandora and that the son of Prometheus (or Deucalion) and Pyrrha was Hellen, after whom the Hellenes and Hellas were named.

Source: Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 3.1086.

Notes[edit]

  1. West (1985) 50.

Bibliography[edit]

  • West, M.L. (1985) The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Its Nature, Structure, and Origins. Oxford. ISBN 0198140347.