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

This 1st booklet of a statement compiled by way of a global group of students comprises an creation discussing past study at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.

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T o this fourth-century testimony we must always probably upload that of the Megarian historian Dieuchidas, stated by means of D L (i 57): ra t« Op-qpov imo^oXijs ytypafa [sc. Solon] paijjw&eiodai, otov o t t o v o Trpuiros tXr/^ev, CKfidt v ipxfodat t o v € \ o ^ i € v o v . p. aW o v ovi> Z o X c u v 'Ouiipnv eu)Tio€v rj H fi a l o T p a T o - , ( t ok t i v o s yap 6 ra eij t o v KaraXoyov epLnoirioas ok a i ov fle t o los angeles r p a T o s , suppl. L ea f} cos' tjtrjai cv TTtfiiTTto MeyapiKtitv (FGrH 485 F 6). fy Sc fiaXiora r a €m) ravri ‘ot S’ ap’ A d Tjvas d x ° v x a i ra «£ijs III. ii 546 ff. ). yet Dieuchidas’ date isn't fullyyt convinced: see additional J. A. Davison, CQ_ liii (1969), 216 ff. 37 T H E T R A N S M I S S I O N OF T H E T E X T constancy. O nce an authentic Athenian model have been prescribed, rhapsodes who meant to accomplish in A ttica might have sought after copies for themselves; open air this really limited specialist workforce there can hardly ever were a lot call for for a while. Rhapsodic popularity, hastened, without doubt, via the expanding value o f Athens at this era, might have ensured the good fortune o f the Attic textual content over capability opponents. It m ay be proposal not going that an Athenian model may have gained such reputation if it have been largely remodeled and revised. yet a couple of evidently Athenocentric passages needs to definitely belong to this section. References to Athens will not be o f direction in themselves suspect, yet in a few situations the will to attract an Athenian viewers turns out blatant: the main outstanding is the Attic access within the Catalogue o f Ships (II. ii 546-56). 15 without doubt it was once universal for neighborhood color to be additional in recitation; yet such insertions wouldn't generally were durable or common of their results, and the perpetuation o f this Attic fabric isn't really appropriately defined via Athenian domination o f the nascent ebook exchange within the 5th and fourth centuries. W e will not be, despite the fact that, entitled to imagine that the single additions which a Pisistratean editor could have suggestion right will betray themselves via their visible patriotic motive. M ore drastic interference is unquestionably implied through the culture which ascribes the insertion o f the Doloneia to Pisistratus. sixteen 15 The equation of Attica with Athens, ignoring the opposite Attic cities, is in itself suspicious; the main points of cult-practice don't have any parallel within the Catalogue, and the fulsome compliment lavished at the vague Menestheus justifiably excited the suspicions of Zenodotus. within the Odyssey it's tempting to attach the connection with Orestes’ sojourn at Athens (iii 307) with the Pisistratean recension; yet in Zenodotus’ textual content Orestes’ exile used to be spent in Phocis, and it'd be rash to brush off his studying as a conjecture: see n. advert loc. although, the outline of Athena’s stopover at to Athens (vii 80-1) is o f little curiosity to an individual other than an Athenian, and was once suspected in antiquity: see schol. advert loc. The third-century historian Hereas o f M egara (FGrH 486 F 1) believed that Pisistratus had inserted xi 631 S-qaia l i t LfnOoov re, dtuiv dpiSei'xcra TfKKi: he used to be absolutely correct in considering that the choice of those heroes for targeted point out issues to Athens.

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