Megalai Ehoiai
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Megalai Ehoiai

The "Megalai Ehoiai" (Ancient Greek: ? , Ancient: [me?álai ?:hó]), or Great Ehoiai,[1] is a fragmentary Greek epic poem that was popularly, though not universally, attributed to Hesiod during antiquity.[2] Like the more widely read Hesiodic Catalogue of Women, the Megalai Ehoiai was a genealogical poem structured around the exposition of heroic family trees among which myths concerning many of their members were narrated.[3] At least seventeen fragments of the poem are transmitted by quotations in other ancient authors and two second-century CE papyri,[4] but given the similarities between the Megalai Ehoiai and Catalogue of Women it is possible that some fragments attributed to the Catalogue actually derive from the less popular Hesiodic work.[5] Indeed, most of the scholarly attention devoted to the poem has been concerned with its relation to the Catalogue and whether or not the title "Megalai Ehoiai" in fact referred to a single, independent epic.

Select editions and translations

Critical editions

  • Rzach, A. (1908), Hesiodi Carmina (2nd rev. ed.), Leipzig.
  • Merkelbach, R.; West, M.L. (1967), Fragmenta Hesiodea, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-814171-8.
  • Merkelbach, R.; West, M.L. (1990), "Fragmenta selecta", in F. Solmsen (ed.), Hesiodi Theogonia, Opera et Dies, Scutum (3rd rev. ed.), Oxford, ISBN 0-19-814071-1.
  • Hirschberger, M. (2004), Gynaik?n Katalogos und Megalai ?hoiai: Ein Kommentar zu den Fragmenten zweier hesiodeischer Epen, Munich & Leipzig, ISBN 3-598-77810-4.



  1. ^ Abbreviated ME. On the meaning and significance of the title see Nature, relation to the Catalogue and authorship, below. Alternate Latin transliterations of the title are also occasionally used in modern scholarship: Megalae Ehoeae or Eoeae; occasionally the Latin translation of Megalai is also found: i.e. Magnae Eoeae.
  2. ^ Cingano (2009, p. 119).
  3. ^ Most (2006, p. lix), Cingano (2009, pp. 118-19).
  4. ^ These are "Hesiod" frr. 246-262 in the edition of record, Merkelbach & West (1967).
  5. ^ Cingano (2009, pp. 120-1). In her recent edition of the Cat. and ME, for example, Hirschberger (2004) assigns to the ME eleven fragments which Merkelbach and West took to belong to the Cat. On some of these fragments see D'Alessio (2005c) and Doubtful and disputed fragments, below.


  • Cingano, E. (2009), "The Hesiodic Corpus", in Montanari; Rengakos; Tsagalis (eds.), Brill's Companion to Hesiod, pp. 91-130.
  • Cohen, I.M. (1986), "The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women and Megalai Ehoiai", Phoenix, 40: 127-42, JSTOR 1088507.
  • D'Alessio, G.B. (2005a), "The Megalai Ehoiai: A Survey of the Fragments", in Hunter (ed.), The Hesidioc Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions, pp. 176-216.
  • D'Alessio, G.B. (2005b), "Ordered from the Catalogue: Pindar, Bacchylides and Hesiodic Genealogical Poetry", in Hunter (ed.), The Hesidioc Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions, pp. 217-38.
  • D'Alessio, G.B. (2005c), "Martina Hirschberger, Gynaikôn Katalogos und Megalai Ehoiai. Ein Kommentar zu den Fragmenten zweier hesiodeischer Epen. BzA 198. München/Leipzig: K.G. Saur, 2004. Pp. 511. ISBN 3-598-77810-4. EUR110.00.", Review, BMCR, 2005.02.31.
  • Hunter, R. (2005), The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions, Cambridge, ISBN 0-521-83684-0.
  • Leo, F. (1894), "Hesiodea", Ausgewählte kleine Schriften, ii, Rome, 1960, pp. 343-63CS1 maint: location (link).
  • Montanari, F.; Rengakos, A.; Tsagalis, C. (2009), Brill's Companion to Hesiod, Leiden, ISBN 978-90-04-17840-3.
  • Schwartz, J. (1960), Pseudo-Hesiodeia: recherches sur la composition, la diffusion et la disparition ancienne d'oeuvres attribuées à Hésiode, Leiden.
  • West, M.L. (1985), The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Its Nature, Structure, and Origins, Oxford, ISBN 0-19-814034-7.

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