n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Did Homer give his Nereids names? A note on the ancient manuscript evidence : note
|Article Title||Did Homer give his Nereids names? A note on the ancient manuscript evidence : note|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1995|
|Pages||89 - 92|
There is enough overlap between the catalogues of Nereids at Il. 18. 39-49 and Hesiod Theogony 243-62 for scholars to agree that the two are somehow related. But there is no agreement about just how they are related. Is the relationship likely to be merely indirect, with both based on a lost common source? Or is Hesiod's list based directly on Homer's? Or, on the contrary, does the Homeric list draw on the Hesiodic? If so, and if (as is generally supposed) the Theogony is later than the Iliad, then Il. 18. 39-49 must be an interpolation. This conclusion has in fact often been drawn, from the time of Zenodotus on. In this note I do not propose to undertake anything so ambitious as to try to assess the validity of each of the various arguments that have been put forward in support of the conflicting positions on this question. Rather, I shall confine myself to a single issue : how much weight should be assigned to the omission of Il. 18. 39-49 by one of the ancient 'city' texts, the Argolike? Does this omission prove the passage to be an interpolation?
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