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LESCHES (Lescheos in Pausanias x. 25. 5)

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 489 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LESCHES (Lescheos in Pausanias x. 25. 5), the reputed author of the Little Iliad ('I uas .uepa), one of the " cyclic " poems. According to the usually accepted tradition, he was a native of Pyrrha in Lesbos, and flourished about 66o B.C. (others place him about 5o years earlier). The Little Iliad took up the story of the Homeric Iliad, and, beginning with the contest between Ajax and Odysseus for the arms of Achilles, carried it down to the fall of Troy (Aristotle, Poetics, 23). According to the epitome in the Chrestomathy of Proclus, it ended with the admission of the wooden horse within the walls of the city. Some ancient authorities ascribe the work to a Lacedaemonian named Cinaethon, and even to Homer. See F. G. Welcker, Der epische Cyclus (1865—1882) ; Muller and Donaldson, Hist. of Greek Literature, i. ch. 6; G. H. Bode, Geschichte der hellenischen Dichtkunst, i.
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LESBOS (Mytilene, Turk. Midullu)

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