A Non-Definitive List


Image: Athens, Acropolis


Primary Sources

  • Apollodorus’ Library 1.6.2
  • Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica 3.477-478, 3.528-530, 3.1035-1041, 3.1207-1224, 4.827-829
  • Chaldaean Oracles
  • Euripides’ Ion 1049
  • Euripides’ Phoenician Women 109-110
  • Hesiod’s Theogony 409-452
  • Homeric Hymn to Demeter 2.25-62, 2.438-440
  • Lucian’s Pharsalia 4.839-40
  • Vergil’s Aeneid 4.511, 4609-610, 6.247
  • Papyri Graeci Magicae 36.187-210
  • Pausanias’ Descriptions of Greece 1.43.1, 2.30.2
  • Theocritus’ Idylls 2


I. Hesiod – Theogony [C8th to C7th B.C.] –  Catalogues of Women Fragment 71

II. The Chaldæan Oracles – Fragments from a lost set of Oracles written by renaissance Neoplatonists. [C3rd to C6th A.D.]

III. Papyri Graecae Magicae [Greek Magical Papyri] – A Collection of Spells, Formulae, Hymns, and Rituals. [C2nd B.C to C5th A.D.]

IV. The Orphic Hymns – Orphic Hymn 1 to Hecate; trans. Taylor (The Orphic Hymns are a collection of Greek Hymns. [C3rd B.C. to C2nd A.D.] – (Alternatively) Hymn 1 TO MUSÆUS.

V. The Homeric Hymns – Homeric Hymn II to Demeter (The Homeric Hymns are a collection of thirty-three Greek Epic style poems. [C7th to C6th B.C.]

VI. Proclus – Proclus’ Works – Theological Tradition and Theurgy (lost) – [53] On Hecate – (lost)

(Proclus Lycaeus [February 8th 412 – April 17th 485 A.D.], surnamed “The Successor” or “diadochos” was the last renowned Greek Neoplatonist Philosopher.)

VII. Euripides – Medea [Greek Tragedy 431 B.C.E.]

VIII. Pausanias – Description of Greece. (Greek Author, Historian, and Geographer). [C2nd C.E.]

IX. Aristophanes – Frogs 1358 ff – trans. O’Neill. [Greek Comedy 405 B.C.E.]

X. Strabo – Geography

XI. Herodotus – The Histories

XII. Homerica – Homerica, Homer’s Epigrams 12 – trans. Evelyn-White. [Greek epic C8th or 7th B.C.]

Kourotrophe (Nurse of the Young) [Hekate], give your ear to my prayer, and grant that this woman may reject the love-embrace of youth and dote on grey-haired old men whose powers are dulled, but whose hearts still desire.”

XIII. Bacchylides – Fragment 1B

XIV. Nonnus, Dionysiaca 44. 198 ff. – trans. Rouse. [Greek epic C5th A.D.]

XV. Sappho/Alcaeus – Fragment 23. – trans. Campbell. Vol. Greek Lyric I. [Greek lyric C6th B.C.]

XVI. Apollonius Rhodius – Argonautica

XVII. Plutarch – On Superstition

XIV. Apuleius – The Golden Ass

XV. Virgil – Aeneid

XVI. Seneca – Oedipus

XVII. Diodorus Siculus – Library of History

XVIII. Seneca – Medea (A fabula crepidata of about 1027 lines of verse). [Roman tragedy C1st A.D.]

XIX. Aeschylus

XX. Pindar – Fragments. [Greek Lyric C5th B.C.]

XXI. Sophocles – The Root Cutters; Rhizotomoi

XXII. Horace

XXIII. Iamblichus – On The Mysteries