Dares Phrygius

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Dares Phrygius (Ancient Greek: Δάρης), according to Homer,[1] was a Trojan priest of Hephaestus. He was supposed to have been the author of an account of the destruction of Troy, and to have lived before Homer.[2] A work in Latin, purporting to be a translation of this, and entitled Daretis Phrygii de excidio Trojae historia, was much read in the Middle Ages, and was then ascribed to Cornelius Nepos, who is made to dedicate it to Sallust; but the language better fits a period much later than the time of Nepos (probably the 5th century AD).

It is doubtful whether the existing work is an abridgment of a larger Latin work or an adaptation of a Greek original. Together with the similar work of Dictys Cretensis (with which it is generally printed), the De excidio forms the chief source for the numerous medieval accounts of the Trojan legend, the so-called Matter of Troy.

The work was a significant source for Joseph of Exeter's De bello Troiano.[3]

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  1. ^ Homer. Iliad, 5.9, 5.27.
  2. ^ Claudius Aelianus. Var. Hist. Xl, 2.
  3. ^ Rigg, A.G. "Joseph of Exeter: Iliad". Centre for Medieval Studies. Retrieved 1 November 2013.


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