Multitextuality in the Homeric Iliad : the witness of the ptolemaic papyri / Graeme D. Bird
- Bird, Graeme D.
- Washington, D.C. : Center for Hellenic Studies, 2010. and Cambridge, Mass. : Distributed by Harvard University Press
- Physical Description:
- viii, 119 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Hellenic studies ; 43
- Language Note:
- In English and ancient Greek.
- Restrictions on Access:
- Open Access Unrestricted online access
- Textual criticism as applied to classical and biblical texts -- Homer and textual criticism -- The ptolemaic papyri of the Iliad: evidence of eccentricity or multitextuality? -- Appendix A: other instances of multitextuality -- Appendix B: glossary of terms.
- Graeme Bird examines a small group of early papyrus manuscripts of Homer's Iliad, known as the Ptolemaic papyri, which although fragmentary, are the oldest surviving physical evidence (excluding such things as vase paintings) of the text of the Iliad, dating from the third to the first centuries BCE., These papyri have been described as "eccentric" or even "wild" by some scholars. They differ significantly from the usual text of the Illiad, sometimes presenting lines with significantly different wording, at other times including so-called "interpolated" lines that are completely absent from our more familiar version., and Whereas some scholars tend to denigrate these papyri because of their "eccentricity," this book analyzes some of their unusual readings and shows that they in face present authentic variations on the Homeric text, exemplifying the variability characteristic of oral performance. --Book Jacket.
- 9780674053236 (alk. paper) and 0674053230 (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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