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Cyclic Poets

Cyclic Poets is a shorthand term for the early Greek epic poets, approximate contemporaries of Homer. We know no more about these poets than we know about Homer, but modern scholars regard them as having composed orally, as did Homer. In the classical period, surviving early epic poems were ascribed to these authors, just as the Iliad and Odyssey were ascribed to Homer. Together with Homer, whose Iliad covers a mere 50 days of the war, they cover the complete war "cycle", thus the name. Most modern scholars place Homer in the 8th century BC. The other poets listed below seemed to have lived in the 7th–5th centuries BC. Excluding Homer's, none of the works of the cyclic poets survive.


  • List of named poets 1
  • List of early Greek epics 2
    • The Epic Cycle 2.1
    • The Theban Cycle 2.2
    • Other epics 2.3
  • Bibliography 3

List of named poets

List of early Greek epics

The Epic Cycle

  • Cypria, ascribed to Homer or Stasinus of Cyprus or Hegesinus (or Hegesias) of Salamis or Cyprias of Halicarnassus
  • Iliad, nearly always ascribed to Homer
  • Aethiopis, ascribed to Arctinus of Miletus
    • Amazonia once ascribed to Homer (perhaps a different version of or another name for Aethiopis)
  • Little Iliad, ascribed to Lesches of Pyrrha or Cinaethon of Sparta or Diodorus of Erythrae or Homer
  • Sack of Troy, ascribed to Arctinus of Miletus
  • Return from Troy, ascribed to Eumelus of Corinth or Agias of Troezen or Homer
  • Odyssey, usually ascribed to Homer
  • Telegony, ascribed to Cinaethon of Sparta; otherwise said to have been stolen from Musaeus by Eugammon of Cyrene
    • Thesprotis (perhaps a different version of or another name for Telegony)

The Theban Cycle

Other epics


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