The Birth and Childhood of Paris (page 563, with art)

Chapter 16, The Trojan War

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Euripides, Alexander 9 GLP – Fragments of more recent Greek literary papyri cited according to D. L. Page, Select Papyri III, pp. 54-61. London 1941.

Greek Text and English Translation

Tro 920-22 – Euripides, Troades

next, old Priam ruined Troy and me, because he did not slay his child Alexander, baleful semblance of a fire-brand, long ago.  Greek Text

And 293-300 – Euripides, Andromache

Would that the mother who bore him as destruction had cast this curse over her head [295] before he came to dwell on the rock of Ida when beside the prophetic laurel Cassandra shouted her order to kill him, the city of Priam’s great ruin! Whom of the city’s elders did she not approach, [300] not beg to murder the child?  Greek Text

LL 7.82 – Marcus Terentius Varro, De Lingua Latina – M. Terenti Varronis De Lingua Latina quae supersunt, p. 114, ed G. Goetz and F. Schoell. Leipzig 1910.

Latin Text and English Translation  Latin Text

 Ennius, Ex incertis fr V Rib – Fragments of Roman tragedy cited according to O. Ribbeck, Tragicorum Romanorum Fragmenta, pp. 71-72. Leipzig 1897.

Latin Text

Ennius, Alexander fr V Rib – Fragments of Roman tragedy cited according to O. Ribbeck, Tragicorum Romanorum Fragmenta, p. 23. Leipzig 1897.

Latin Text

Ennius, Alexander fr VI Rib – Fragments of Roman tragedy cited according to O. Ribbeck, Tragicorum Romanorum Fragmenta, pp. 23-4. Leipzig 1897.

Latin Text

♠ Σ Aen 5.370 – Servius, Scholia to Vergil, Aeneid Servii Grammatici qui feruntur in Vergilii Carmina commentarii: Aeneis, ed G. Thilo and H. Hagen, 1, pt. 2, p. 623. Leipzig 1881

Latin Text

 Florence, Museo Archeologico: Etruscan ash urn with  Paris in the House of Priam; Paris in center on altar, Aphrodite to the left, Trojan warriors on both sides, Kassandra with axe next on right, and Hekabe (far left) and Priam (far right)

History of Ancient Rome

ApB 3.12.5 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

and when a second babe was about to be born Hecuba dreamed she had brought forth a firebrand, and that the fire spread over the whole city and burned it. When Priam learned of the dream from Hecuba, he sent for his son Aesacus, for he was an interpreter of dreams, having been taught by his mother’s father Merops. He declared that the child was begotten to be the ruin of his country and advised that the babe should be exposed. When the babe was born Priam gave it to a servant to take and expose on Ida; now the servant was named Agelaus. Exposed by him, the infant was nursed for five days by a bear; and, when he found it safe, he took it up, carried it away, brought it up as his own son on his farm, and named him Paris. When he grew to be a young man, Paris excelled many in beauty and strength, and was afterwards surnamed Alexander, because he repelled robbers and defended the flocks. And not long afterwards he discovered his parents.  Greek Text

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Artistic sources edited by by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, September 2021

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2023

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