Dares Phrygius


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Dares Phrygius

(dâr`ēz frĭj`ēəs), supposed author of a history of the Trojan War. Dares of Phrygia is mentioned by Homer in the Iliad as a priest of Troy. During the Middle Ages he was widely regarded as the author of De excidio Troiae historia [history of the destruction of Troy], which reputedly had been translated into Latin in the 5th cent. A.D. This work and the supposed diary of Dictys Cretensis became, through Benoît de Sainte-More's Roman de Troie, the most popular sources for medieval stories of the Trojan War.
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BESCHORNER, Untersuchungen zu Dares Phrygius, Tubingen, Gunter Narr, 1992, pp.
Beschorner, Andreas (1992): Untersuchungen zu Dares Phrygius. Classica Monacensia 4 (Tubingen).
(22) Even the enumeration of Franciscan custodians and houses in itself says as much about the compiler's taste for facts and figures (which is elsewhere expressed, for example, in his choice of excerpts from Orosius and Dares Phrygius) as it does about his institutional affinities.
In the original arrangement of the manuscript, 'Pers de Bermingham' was placed in the same booklet as such numerologically oriented pieces as the extracts from Dares Phrygius and Orosius, the exposition of 11 Corinthians 11.
The medieval visions of the Trojan war depend on three major Latin texts of Roman provenance: Epitome Iliadus Homericae by Pindarus Thebanus, Ephemeris Belli Trojani by Dictys Cretensis and De Excidio Troiae by Dares Phrygius. The first century hexametric lines of Pindarus are an abridgement combining stories from Homer, Virgil and Ovid.
The Ilias of Dares Phrygius purports to be an eye-witness account of the war by a Trojan, but it is generally supposed to be a fifth- or sixth-century (AD) fiction.(4) In Dares (ch.
1970); Joseph of Exeter: The Iliad of Dares Phrygius, trans.
Dares Phrygius A Trojan priest of Hephaestus who appears as one of the characters in Homer's Iliad and is the reputed author of a lost pre-Homeric "eyewitness" account of the Trojan War.
Their story appeared for the first time in Dares Phrygius and Dictys Cretensis, then about the 12th century in Benoit de Sainte-Maure, and in the 13th century in Guido delle Colonne.
This fantastic work, the Ephemeris belli Trojani, together with a similar but pro-Trojan account by Dares Phrygius, was a major sourcebook for medieval handlings of the Trojan story.
Finally there are the pseudo-chronicles that go under the names of Dictys Cretensis and Dares Phrygius.