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 way of a global workforce of students comprises an creation 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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D. Beazley, Attic Red Figure Vase Painting2 (Oxford, 1963), 431, 48), it is understandable that spelling pronunciations o f obscure words became established and were reflected in subsequent forms o f the text. 7 But how many features are actually due to the evolution of the language within that tradition? Aspiration almost certainly, since words which should be aspirated on etymological grounds but were absent from the Attic 6 For the prehistory of some aspects of the A unslsprache see the two monographs of Hoekstra, Modifications, and Epic Verse before Homer (Amsterdam, 1981).

8eos oivov, by declension from the accusative or dative cases, and there is one unique expression a&eotjxiTos oivos. No regular noun-epithet formulae show neglect (but cf. Sapiaoodfifvos or fiefiaprjOTa fxe p vas is supported by xxi 297 i-Trel pevas aaoev owai). T h e loss o f digamm a, at this point, had hardly begun to affect the formulaic diction. In addition to the loss o f digamm a Hoekstra (Modifications) has closely examined two other features from this point of view, the quantitative metathesis and the movable -v; he has also anim ad­ verted on vowel contraction, loss o f the dual, -aav plural, and -#17aorist.

50 K . Meuli, ‘Scythica’, Hermes lxx (1935), 121-276, esp. 164 ft. = Gesammelte Schriflen ii 817 ff. (Basle-Stuttgart, 1975); R. Carpenter, Fiction, Folktale and Saga in the Homeric Epics (Berkeley-Los Angeles, '1946; 21956), passim-, Merkelbach, Untersuchung™ (' 1951), 224. 19 G E N E R A L IN T R O D U C T IO N 1{ retaliatory expedition o f the Atreidae. He, too, rules over a sizeable kingdom, from which he brings twelve ships to join the Achaean host. In the circle o f leaders he has few peers.

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