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Descent of Perithous

The Descent of Perithous (Heracles could save them.[2] One tentatively assigned papyrus fragment survives which includes a conversation between Meleager and Theseus.[3] It is also possible that this fragment belongs to the Minyas,[4] and the existence of an independent Hesiodic poem on the descent of Theseus and Perithous is complicated by the fact that elsewhere Pausanias attributes the myth to the Minyas.[5] The sheer number of Hesiodic papyri that have survived compared to those of other works of archaic epic, however, lends credence to the attribution to the Hesiodic corpus.[6]


  • Select editions and translations 1
    • Critical editions 1.1
    • Translations 1.2
  • Notes 2
  • Bibliography 3

Select editions and translations

Critical editions

  • Merkelbach, R.; West, M.L. (1967), Fragmenta Hesiodea, Oxford,  .
  • Merkelbach, R.; West, M.L. (1990), "Fragmenta selecta", in  .


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  • Most, G.W. (2007), Hesiod: The Shield, Catalogue, Other Fragments, Loeb Classical Library, no. 503, Cambridge, MA,  .


  1. ^ Paus. 9.31.5. Descent of Perithous is the title used in the standard edition of the text (Merkelbach & West 1967), but no exact title is attested from antiquity. Pausanias instead describes the work's content in listing Hesiod's poems and their topics: "how Theseus together with Perithous descended to Hades" (ὡς Θησεὺς ἐς τὸν Ἅιδην ὁμοῦ Πειρίθῳ καταβαίη). Most (2006, p. lx) prefers Descent of Peirithous to Hades; Cingano (2009, p. 126) gives Katabasis of Theseus and Peithrous.
  2. ^ a b Cingano (2009, p. 126).
  3. ^ Most (2006, pp. lx–lxi).
  4. ^ West (2003, p. 271).
  5. ^ Paus. 10.28.2; Cingano (2009, p. 126).
  6. ^ Cingano (2009, pp. 128).


  • Cingano, E. (2009), "The Hesiodic Corpus", in Montanari, Rengakos & Tsagalis (2009), pp. 91–130  .
  • Montanari, F.; Rengakos, A.; Tsagalis, C. (2009), Brill's Companion to Hesiod, Leiden,  .
  • Schwartz, J. (1960), Pseudo-Hesiodeia: recherches sur la composition, la diffusion et la disparition ancienne d'oeuvres attribuées à Hésiode, Leiden .
  • West, M.L. (2003), Greek Epic Fragments, Loeb Classical Library, no. 497, Cambridge, MA,  .
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