Studies in Colluthus’ Abduction of Helen (Mnemosyne Supplements, 380). Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2015. viii, 324 pp. Pr. €126,00 (hb). ISBN 9789004279506.The proceedings of a recent conference on “Signs of Life? New Contexts for Later Greek Hexameter Poetry” (Ramus 37, 2008, ed. by K. Carvounis and R. Hunter) include one paper each on Dionysius Periegetes, Oppian, Quintus of Smyrna, and Gregory of Nazianzus, two on Nonnus, but no less than three—by Lucia Prauscello, Michael Paschalis, and myself—on Colluthus. The Abduction of Helen has become a hot property in town (let me also mention the newly published commented edition by O. Karavas, Athens 2015). Now Cosetta Cadau (henceforth C.) has produced the first monograph ever devoted to it: a most welcome addition to the flourishing scholarship on Late Antique Greek poetry.The book comprises four chapters, plus 13 pages of “Conclusion” (263-275). Reading it straight through is a gratifying crescendo. Ch. 1, “Colluthus in His Context” (pp. 5-35), is the least satisfactory of the four, and includes some very questionable statements. The Oppians have nothing to do with the epyllion (p. 24); whether Euphorion in fact wrote elegies, we will never know, but I see no reason to think that “his work in
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Published: Jan 9, 2017
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