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

ISBN-10: 0198147473

ISBN-13: 9780198147473

This 1st publication of a observation compiled by way of a global workforce of students contains an advent discussing earlier study at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.

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56 We have traversed a very wide field in different ways and from different points o f view, and we are aware that we have seen only parts o f it, never the whole, and those from a subjective point o f view, but any study o f poetry is subject to such constraints and limitations; nobody can escape them. A n y statement about poetry, however intelligent and knowledgeable, can only be an aid to understanding; at best it can point a w ay to the poetry itself, and it is that alone which matters. 53 Marion Muller, Athene als gottliche Helferin in der Odyssee (Heidelberg, 1966).

T h e first surviving examples o f Greek alphabetic writing belong to the second h a lf o f the eighth century. e. of the adaptation o f Phoenician script to G reek),3 but certainly even rudimentary literacy must have been extremely restricted in Greek lands before 700, and it seems most unlikely that anyone would have attempted to record a long poetic text in writing before the seventh century. The resumption o f regular contacts with Egypt in the reign o f Psammetichus I (663-610) brought the advantage o f direct access to supplies of ; papyrus, destined to be the most popular material for Greek boob throughout antiquity.

Hesiod, accordingly was dubbed the first rhapsode (Nicocles, FGrH 376 F 8). It is permissible, when the lyre is discarded, to infer a change in the mode o f performance of hexameter poetry, and therefore, in a tradition where composition and performance had been identical, in the mode o f its recreation. 14 N aturally it did not happen all at once, nor were the new skills invariably trustwor­ thy. T h e celebrated Francois vase (J. D. Beazley, Attic Black Figure Vase Painting (Oxford, 1956), 76, 1) depicts the funeral games of Patroclus with a personnel quite different from that o f II.

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