By Martin West
Throughout the many years he spent getting ready his variation of Homer, which received around the world reputation, Martin L. West accrued a variety of fascinating and new information concerning the transmission of the textual content. he's featuring his findings now during this specified monograph. This paintings will serve to familiarize the Homer student with the most recent results pertaining to textual difficulties within the Iliad; additionally, it'll make definite of West's editorial judgements extra understandable to the professional.
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Why did he not omit those passages too? Abridgment is not a scholarly but a poetic operation. Why not, then, accept that it was done by a pre~ Zenodotean rhapsode or rhapsodes? The same point may be made about other aspects of Zenodotus’ text where divergences from the vulgate seem to be not casual but show some element of principle. 37 We should not conclude that he had a personal aversion to hiatus and devised these variants, or preferred them to others, in order to avoid it in a few places. The probability is rather that post—classical rhapsodes, in line with the trends of later versiﬁcation, occasionally made easy adjustments in the text to achieve a better synapheia.
7toi[3e pisv ’Ap1ototé7t0v<; Slopﬂtiioowrog iiv ex toii voipﬁmcog |<0O\oi3ow. eixs 5’ dei permit T06 éyxeipioiov xeipévnv (mo to xpooxetboikaiov. ¢». ézii 8. 5 . ,. l,. ‘ . . ist 134 F as). cf. Pfeiffer (1968), 71f. 1. The Pre-Alexandrian Transmission ties and criticisms that were being raised; they were the sort of people who made new copies. ” We have no clearly documented cases of pre-Alexandrian emendation on the basis of moral or aesthetic disquiet. However, among the hundreds of readings recorded from Zenodotus’ text, which (as will be argued in the next chapter) are to be regarded as in the main inherited from older exemplars, there are a certain number that may represent emendations of this category: A 47.
Gow-Page, HeZlem'st:'c Epigmm-5, II 557). 23 Diintzer (1848), 21f. 24 Cobet (1876), 251f. 25 H 127 uezpéusvocg = ii’ sip-, A 589 Atowtoc; == -own Sq, M 75 uysrux; = éiyeﬁ’ dag. E 95 oe = oe’ (= P 173). 249 o<7\7\o'ren1 = dikkoﬁ‘ i-:r“|i?. , ‘P 886 pqpoveg = 6’ ijpoveg? At y 444 Zenodotus had Bocuviov for 6’ éipviov and listed it under 6 in his Uidboocxl. At <1) 95, where he must have intended ouxi oyoiotpiog, Aristarchus read his text as 013K iovoiotpiog. ijiji --<. 2. 53;i: 39 Should we then suppose that Zenodotus wrote out his text from a single, defective older source, introducing his own conjectures where he thought ﬁt and marking suspect lines with the obelos?
Studies in the text and transmission of the Iliad by Martin West