The Gedrosian disaster, the arrival of the Epigonoi
and other Persians who were to be incorporated into the Macedonian army, resistance to Alexander's plans for further campaigns, and the idea that all should return to Macedon at the same time all contributed to the mutiny at Opis.
(16) To judge by what has been transmitted, the heroic poems were concerned with three legendary cycles only: the Trojan cycle (Kypria, Ilias, Aithiopis, Ilias Mikra, Iliou Persis, Nostoi, Odysseia, Telegonia), the Theban cycle (Amphiaraou exelasis, Oidipodeia, Thebais, Epigonoi
), and the Heracles cycle (Amphitryonos pros Teleboas mache, Oichalias halosis, Keykos gamos, Aigimios, Aspis, Herakleia).
But none of them, except sometimes Heaney, and very few of their countless epigonoi
, seem to be at all keen on calling a spade a spade.