The Epic Cycle

 

Part of Story Covered

Name of Work

Name of Author

Date

No. of Books

From the decision of the gods to cause the Trojan War to the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon

Cypria

Stasinos of Cyprus (or Hegesias or Homer)

Not given

11

From the anger of Achilles to the burial of Hector

Iliad

Homer

In question

24

From the coming of the Amazons to the suicide of Ajax

Aithiopis

Arktinos of Miletos

776 B.C.E., 744 B.C.E.

5

From the death of Achilles to the fall of Troy and the departure of the Achaeans

Little Iliad

Lesches of Lesbos (or Thestorides or Kinaithon or Diodorus or Homer)

Evidence obscure, conflicting

4

From the building of the wooden horse to the fall of Troy

Sack of Ilion (Iliouspersis)

Arktinos of Miletos

776 B.C.E., 744 B.C.E.

2

The returns of the various heroes

The Returns (Nostoi)

Agias of Troizen (or an anonymous Kolophonian orHomer)

5

The return of Odysseus

Odyssey

Homer

In question

24

From the return of Odysseus to his death

Telegony

Eugammon of Cyrene (or kinaithos of Lakedaimon)

568 B.C.E.

2

source: adapted from Lattimore's translation of the Iliad, p.26

 


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