Saturday, October 15, 2022

Dangerous Beauty: The Abduction of Hylas, Vat. Myth. 2.227

It is important to note that the common denominator in abduction myths is not the victim's gender, but their beauty 

Hercules cum comes Argonautis accessisset, Ylam Thiodomantis filium admirandae pulchritudinis iuvenem secum duxit armigerum, qui remum fregit in mari cum pro suis remigat viribus. Cuius reparandi gratia Misiam petens silvam fertur ingressus. Ylas, vero cum aquatum cum urna perrexisset, in fluvium cecidit undae a nymphis raptus esse dicitur. Quem dum Hercules quaerens ab Argonatuis impeditus esset,in Misia est relictus. Postea cum cognitum esset in fonte eum perisse, statuta sunt ei sacra, in quibus mos fuerat ut nomen eius clamaretur Yla omne sonaret.  

--Vatican Mythographers II.227   

When Hercules joined the Argonauts, he brought with him the incredibly beautiful Hylas as his squire. During the trip, he broke an oar while he was rowing, so the crew headed to the forests of Mysia for repairs. While Hylas was gathering water, he fell into a river and is said to have been abducted by the water nymphs there. When Hercules went looking for him and the Argonauts tried to stop him, they left him behind in Mysia. Later on, when he realized that Hylas drowned, sacred rites were dedicated to him: his name “Hylas!” is proclaimed.  




Name:  ???

Date:  10th c. CE (?)

Works:  Mythographi Vaticani*



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



Little is known about the author or origin of the collection of myths known as the Vatican Mythographers, but the work’s first editor Angelo Mai found the collection on a manuscript dating back to the 10th century CE. This volume is a collection of three different mythographers who have assembled various Greco-Roman myths; although many of these myths are basic summaries in Latin, some of them are either analyzed as allegories or compared to Christian thought. 

 LATE LATIN (10th c. CE ?)

Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE

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