Cercopes


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Cercopes

apelike pygmies; tried to steal Hercules’ weapons. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 206]
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Another poem, of which we know even less, is the "Cercopes".
Appendix 2, "The Cercopes," suggests a punning relationship between the Cecropides in book 2 and the Cercopes in 14.91-100.
We may compare also the dwarf Cercopes, who laughed at Heracles' blackened bottom (sexual mockery again), and who were transformed appropriately into either stones or apes.(63) We shall return to apes.