Book Club | August 2019: Apollodorus Library, 3.8–3.16

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When Thetis had got a babe by Peleus, she wished to make it immortal, and unknown to Peleus she used to hide it in the fire by night in order to destroy the mortal element which the child inherited from its father, but by day she anointed him with ambrosia. But Peleus watched her, and, seeing the child writhing on the fire, he cried out; and Thetis, thus prevented from accomplishing her purpose, forsook her infant son and departed to the Nereids.

Our Book Club selection for August concludes (pseudo-)Apollodorus Library (or Bibliotheca). We will read the remainder of Book 3, from 3.8–3.16, in which we will hear about the offspring of gods and mortals, and about heroes such as Achilles, Theseus, Castor and Pollux, as well as heroines like Callisto, Atalanta, and Helen.

The discussion will start and continue in the Forum, and we will meet online on Tuesday, August 27 at 5 a.m. EST and at 11 a.m. EST. Links will be posted in the Forum on the day.

You can read any translation you like. Here are links to a free online translation by Sir James George Frazer, which includes notes:

on Perseus (online)
on (online)
on Volume 1: 3.8–3.9 and Volume 2: 3.10 ff.

There is also a translation by Robin Hard on available to borrow but there may be a wait for it:
Loan copy on

Greek text:
on Perseus

Happy readings!