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 publication of a remark compiled by means of a global crew of students contains an advent discussing earlier learn at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.

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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.

600 d (of Homer and Hesiod). T he tendency to restrict these terms to those who declaimed the works of others must have come with the decline of oral technique; contrast Hes. fr. 357 ) 1 -2 *v ArjX(p t o t c Trpcorov eyd> K a i "Ofxrjpos aotSot | fieAnofxev, cv v e a p o is v p v o is pcuJjavT€$ doihrfv^ Pi. jV . ii 1—2, 'O firjptS a t parrrwv enecov . . aotSot. 7 Well illustrated by Avdo Mededovic’s version of ‘T he Wedding of Smailagic Meho’, in M. Parry, A. B. Lord, D. , 1974). This song was dictated by the singer Ahmed Isakov Semic m 1885 an^ published the following year by Friedrich Krauss; reproduced in various popular editions it became widespread among singers.

16 If (as I believe) the end of the Odyssey was added at this period (see above, n. 11), there must also have been alterations earlier in the poem to prepare for the concluding episodes. 17 It would o f course have lacked such aids to the reader as word-division, accentuation, punctuation, and the distinction between capital and small letters; these sophistica­ tions, which would have resolved many o f the perplexities which beset Homeric scholarship, were not to be introduced to Greek book production for many centuries.

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