A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey, Volume 1: Introduction and Books I-VIII

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

This 1st booklet of a statement compiled through a global staff of students contains 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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272-4. Cf. 90-1. 272. Cf. II. xix 34 aW a av y els ayop-qv KaXeoas jjpcuas Axatovs. T h e poet turns out a little bit at a loss for the best phrases for an Ithacan meeting; see above, ninety n. 273-4. This public denunciation o f the suitors ahead of gods and males is A th en a’s item in arranging the meeting: see advent to ii. No time is wasted over the chance that the suitors m ight truly accede to Telem achus’ request, and M entes’ next directions (295-6) pre­ feel that they are going to take no become aware of o f it. a few critics have noticeable a problem during this, yet Telem achus can quite be anticipated to proportion the idea that not anything will come o f it; certainly, the suitors would appear much less bold if it seemed worthy contemplating the prospect that they'd peaceably leave if officially asked to take action. Tre+paSc: redupl. aor. imper. o(pdlu>. cm pdprupoi: or enifidprvpoi? it's challenging to make a decision; cf. II. vii seventy six Zeiis eight’ ap. fi. ’ (TnpdpTvpos [v. l. e-ni fiaprvpos] earw. For the cpd. shape cf. e. g. e-niovpos, eiri/SouxoAos, i-mflwTuip. Zenodotus seems to have always learn (ein)fidpTvpes, the shape in additional basic use, the place Aristarchus hottest (eni)fidpTvpoi: cf. schol. II. ii 302. 275-8. Cf. ii 195-7 (Part ° f the speech by way of the suitor Eurym achus). this can be the 109 COMMENTARY least passable half o f M entes’ speech, being either inappropriate and complicated. Telem achus has already acknowledged that Penelope doesn't w ant to marry back (249-50); this isn't an off-the-cuff element, yet a vital half o f his hindrance, and it's not easy to determine w hy M entes may be made to miss it. Mentes deals Penelope no recommendation appropriate to her real state of affairs, notwithstanding he may perhaps, with none loss o f verisimilitude, not less than have counselled certified optimism, or prayer; the absence o f any substitute advice makes it appear as though he supposes that Penelope particularly does desire to remarry. M oreover, it'd be ridiculous for her father to begin negotiat­ ing a moment m arriage ahead of Telem achus returns from the adventure which Mentes is ready to suggest, and hence to set in hand preparations which would must be cancelled a number of weeks later, with enormous loss o f face, if Telem achus heard that Odysseus was once nonetheless alive; 277-8 are easily a distraction and create confusion with regards to 292. in addition, the presence o f those strains the following diminishes their effectiveness within the mouth of Eurymachus; particularly, w hat might in a different way strike us as a slightly m ercenary element (277 = ii 196) is lowered to a regular. This directive for Penelope therefore creates numerous problems with none compen­ sating merits, and there's a lot to be stated for H erm ann’s view that it's a later interpolation, modelled at the corresponding passage in ii and most likely inserted for the sake o f a meretricious comprehensiveness. it might be demanding to discover a Homeric parallel for the abrupt switch of development in 275-6 (fiijrepa . . . aip itw ), equivalent to the immediately­ ahead fM-qrep’ fr/v is rraTpos avwyerw airovffoOat o f Eurym achus’ speech, yet this anom aly is inappropriate to the query o f authenticity; it may possibly simply were kept away from with fi^rtjp for ^.

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