Mopsos. Antike und moderne Mythen über den Trojanischen Krieg

Tassilo Schmitt


This article deals with new research approaches that mythical traditions and genealogies on Mopsos were reflecting migrations of Greeks. These populations are considered to have been moving into the region of later Cilicia after the collapse of the late Bronze Age system of powers. A survey of the most important points shows that the arguments are not strong enough to support these reconstructions. A remark by Herodotus on the supposed former name of the Cilicians, who were reported to have been called “Hypachaians,“ on close investigation rather reveals that the myths contradict the Classical view and therefore have to be more recent.

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