A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey, Volume 1: Introduction and by Alfred Heubeck, Stephanie West, J. B. Hainsworth

By Alfred Heubeck, Stephanie West, J. B. Hainsworth

This 1st e-book of a statement compiled by means of a global workforce of students contains an advent discussing prior examine at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.

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W h ile no o n e w as lik e ly to b e tro u b le d b y sligh t v e r b a l d iscre p a n cie s betw een o n e rh a p s o d e ’s v e rsio n a n d a n o th e r’s, a d m in is tra tiv e d iffi­ culties w o u ld h a v e b een in e v ita b le i f th ere w e re d is a g re e m e n t a b o u t the in clu sio n o r o m ission o f in te re s tin g episodes (such as th e D o lo neia). I f th e A th e n ia n a u th o rities d e c id e d to insist on a p a r tic u la r tex t (as th e y s u re ly m ust h a v e d o n e ), w e sh o u ld e x p e c t th e m to h a v e chosen o n e d e em e d to b e o f re s p e cta b le p ro v e n a n c e , b u t w e sh o u ld not im a g in e th a t a n y o n e in th e s ix th c e n tu r y w o u ld h a v e u n d e rta k e n a sy ste m atic co m p a riso n o f th e v a r io u s versio n s a v a ila b le , o r th a t th e co p y selected m ust h a v e b e en w h a t w e sh o u ld ju d g e th e b est, m u c h less th a t it h a d p re se rv ed th e o rig in a l co m p o sitio n w ith c o m p le te 14 Cf.

17-23, and A. Heubeck, Archaeologia X , 126-84. 3' T H E EPI C D IA L E C T the result is often a more elaborate treatment both of the story and of the themes within it. For the scribe the task bears some relation to that o f an editor. 17 I f the scribe is also a collector, his awareness of alternative versions m ay tempt him into a truly editorial role, the preparation, by conflation, of a ‘consolidated’ text. W hat seem to be echoes of this phase in the story o f the text are found in the scholia to Iliad x, and might also have been heard, if the scholia were fuller, in the conclusion to the Odyssey.

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