set of twelve archaic epic poems, known to
every educated Greek. The best-known were Homer's
are also the only epics that have survived.
The Epigoni is the fourth epic of the Epic Cycle; it is attributed to Homer. The story is about the sons of the seven warriors who, in the Thebais, unsuccessfully besieged Thebes. The Epigones capture the city and destroy it.
1. Contest of Homer and Hesiod, 324:
Next (Homer composed) the Epigoni in seven thousand verses, beginning, "And now, Muses, let us begin to sing of younger men."
2. Photius, Lexicon, "Teumesia":
Teumesia. Those who have written on Theban affairs have given a full
account of the Teumesian fox.They relate that the creature was
sent by the gods to punish the descendants of Cadmus, and that the
Thebans therefore excluded those of the house of Cadmus from the
kingship. But (he says) a certain Cephalus, the son of Deïon, an
Athenian, who owned a hound which no beast ever escaped, had
accidentally killed his wife Procris, and being purified of the
homicide by the Cadmeans, hunted the fox with his hound, and when they
had overtaken it both hound and fox were turned into stones near
Teumessus. These writers have taken the story from the Epic Cycle.
3. Scholiast on Apollonius, Argonautica, 1.308:
The authors of the Thebaïs say that Manto the daughter of
Teiresias was sent to Delphi by the Epigoni as a first fruit of their
spoil, and that in accordance with an oracle of Apollo she went out and
met Rhaecius, the son of Lebes, a Mycenaean by race. This man she
married - for the oracle also contained the command that she
should marry whomsoever she might meet - and coming to Colophon,
was there much cast down and wept over the destruction of her