By Alfred Heubeck, Stephanie West, J. B. Hainsworth
This 1st publication of a statement compiled by means of a world group of students comprises an advent discussing past learn at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.
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I 99-101, 356-9, with nn. ). T h e marginal obelos alerted the person to a doubt approximately authenticity. M odern discussions o f Zenodotus’ paintings have focused at the query o f no matter if, and, if that is so, to what quantity, he brought his personal conjectures. a few o f his readings appear to us blatant conjectures, however it can't be proven that they originated with him. said usually phrases the query m ay look of mild significance: we will not often 26 Or, if he wrote one, it used to be misplaced by the point of Aristarchus; yet this turns out not likely. forty two T H E T R A N S M I S S I O N OF T H E T E X T e th a t an a n cie n t e d ito r w as n e v e r e n titled to in c lu d e his o w n em en dation s in his ed itio n s, th o u g h u n d o u b te d ly th e p o ssib ility m akes it h a rd e r fo r us to g a in a c le a r v ie w o f th e tran sm issio n . W e shall d o b e tte r to co n sid e r a p a r tic u l. a. r case. A c c o rd in g to the sch o lia o n Od. iii three thirteen C r e te , n o t S p a r ta , w as m entioned because the time period in u s o f T e le m a c h u s ’ jo u r n e y in Z e n o d o tu s ’ tex t ninety three at i , 285: OVTOS O TOTTOS dv€TT€iae Z-qVObOTOV ev TOLS TT€pi TTjS inoSrifilas TrjAepdxov SioAov ry v Kprjrrjv evavrt rijs Znaprrfs ttoulvoU toli yap tovtwv tujv Aoyojv Kara to aiunrwpfvov dtcqKoivai tov Neoropa rrapd tov TrjAefiaxov o ti Kai aA A a^ ocre n fp l tov iraTpos irevoofievos TraptaxfuaaTo vAeiv, Sio Kai iv rrj a ' paifjioSia eypai/re “ irepAjtuj eight’ i s KprjTTjv re Kai is IJvAov rjpiadoevTa” (i ninety three) Kai rj Adr/vd aAAaxov (2 eight four -6 ) “ irpwra pev is FlvAov iA d i, KtWev S’ is KprjTTjv T€ [Se KprjTTjvSe B u ttm a n n ] n a p ’ ISopevrja avaKTa• \ os yap SevTaros fjAdev ^ a tc u v x a^KOXlTU')V(jOV-” D e sp ite the d o g m a tic to n e o f this n o te , w h a t is claimed a b o u t Z e n o d o tu s ’ re a so n in g ca n b e no m o re th a n a wager, and the ab se n ce o f co rre s p o n d in g C r e ta n v a r ia n ts w h e re S p a r ta is m entioned as T e le m a c h u s ’ d e stin a tio n in ii (2 14 , 32 7, three five nine ) 27 im p lies that Z e n o d o tu s w as n o t s y ste m a tic a lly a lte rin g the te x t in a c c o rd a n c e w ith som e p riv a te th e o ry . T h e se re a d in g s are g e n e r a lly dism issed as a r b itr a r y a n d e cce n tric conjectures; y e t th e y a re so g l. a. r in g ly in co n sisten t w ith th e su b seq u en t n arra tiv e th a t th e y m ig h t b e th o u g h t to d eserv e severe c o n sid e ra tio n as lectiones difficiliores. I f Z e n o d o tu s , h a v in g fo u n d those re a d in g s in a m an u scrip t to w h ich (r ig h tly o r w ro n g ly ) he a tta c h e d im p o rta n c e , ju d g ed th e m too o d d to b e co n je ctu re s, w e sh o u ld re sp e ct his reasoning. it truly is te m p tin g to sp e c u l. a. te th a t w e m ig h t h a v e h e re an a u th en tic re lic o f a n e a r lie r d e sig n fo r the T e le m a c h y ; c e rta in ly O d ysseu s’ co ver-sto ries re v e a l a prepared in terest in C r e t e ,28 a n d it w o u ld no longer be s u rp risin g i f the p o e t h a d co n te m p l. a. te d ta ok in g T e le m a c h u s to go to identity o m en ecu s b u t c h a n g e d his m in d befo re he w as fa r a d v a n c e d .