By Alfred Heubeck, Stephanie West, J. B. Hainsworth
This 1st ebook of a remark compiled via a global group of students contains an advent discussing earlier study at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.
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G. KpovtSeco 81a fiovAds Hes. Op. 71, Th. Merc. das'. 4 ' 1 T he issue is complicated by the nature of the vernacular from which the poet was seeking to distinguish the Kunstsprache. ’ (M. L. ) The Boeotian retained initial f until a remarkably late date: East Ionic lost it before the earliest documentation 28 T H E EPI C D I A L E C T fo r an editor o f Homer these facts have two important im plica tions First, he is strongly counselled not to correct the transmitted text in the face o f a unanimous tradition.
I believe that we can detect in this the spirit o f a young poet who has himself become conscious o f the questionable and limited validity of those aristocratic values which for earlier heroic poetry had been the props o f an idealized view o f the world and the pillars o f a healthy society. It is the spirit o f a man who has a different answer to the questions o f life and human existence from that o f his predecessors. While they set an ideal picture o f a fictitious world where life, battle, and death were worth while against the reality o f a bitter, toilsome, and grievous existence, and took their audience into a realm o f glory, our poet unmasks this ideal in its one-sided narrowness and relativity.
H. LoyeoKeT(> vvktos apoXyw €v t € K a ra yX vK vs im v o s e \ o t XevicwXevov Xdv&ave 8’ a d a v a T O v ; r e & e o v s & w )t o v s t’ 'fH p jjv . av& pw -novs. Both passages seem to recreate the same praise o f Hermes, yet only three lines are shared, exactly, between them. 'A01S77, it is clear, could not conserve the special character of the text o f Homer, if these two passages are in any w ay typical o f different performances o f the ‘same’ material. Y et something important m ay have happened to the art of narrative poetry in the early seventh century and reduced the instability of the poems.
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