Shakespeare's Myths

Apollodorus.  The Library, I, ix, 23-24.

Apollonius of Rhodes.  Argonautica, III, 240-42; IV, 212-25; 303-481.

Cicero.  De Natura Deorum, III, xix.

Diodorus Siculus.  The Library of History, IV, xlv, 5.

Euripides.  Medea, 1334-35 [Medea had already killed Absyrtus in her father’s palace before stepping on board the Argo]

Hyginus.  Fables, XIII, XXIII.

Justin.  Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus, XLII, iii.

Ovid.  Heroides, XII, 113-18.

Ovid.  Metamorphoses, VII, 51-54.

Ovid.  Tristia, III, ix, 1-34.

Seneca.  Medea, 131-33; 452-53; 473; 911-12; 963-64.

Sophocles.  Women of Colchis [According to a scholion on Apollonius’ Argonautica, IV, 223, in this lost play, Absyrtus was a child and murdered in Aeetes’ palace]

Valerius Flaccus.  Argonautica, VIII, 136; 259-468.

Zenobius.  Proverbia, IV, 92 [repeats Apollodorus’ version]


How to cite

Yves Peyré. “Absyrtus.”  2014.  In A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology (2009-), ed. Yves Peyré.

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