A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey, Volume II: Books IX-XVI by Alfred Heubeck, Arie Hoekstra

By Alfred Heubeck, Arie Hoekstra

This moment quantity of a huge three-volume observation compiled via a world workforce of students contains certain discussions of diction within the Odyssey and the culture of epic diction mostly.

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There is significance in Odysseus' meeting the Lotus-eaters first: the AwTos- plant, with its magical properties of suppressing the desire to return home, is symbolic of the insecurity of human existence poised precariously between the spheres of empirical reality and mythical unreality. It is, therefore, pointless to attempt, as so many scholars, both ancient and modern, have done, to identify either the AwTos- plant itself or the country where it grows. , and scholars after him, showed no understanding of the nature and function of poetry.

Vii I64, Od. )). 215, on the other hand, continuing from 106-15, 175, I89, gives once more the perspective of the narrator looking back on events. 217. o>, 'law', is not attested in Homer). 219. Tapaol ('flat baskets for drying cheeses') are presumably the same as the rrA£KToi TaAapot of 24 7, into which the fresh soft cheeses are forced; cf. 0. Panagl, ,ZAnt. xxii (I 972), 78-9. Tupwv: for Tvp6c; cf. M ye. tu-ro 2 PY Un 7I8 etc. 221-3. €pxaTo: 'they were penned in'; the explanation of this and related forms is difficult and much disputed; cf.

Wovt\£a&Q,; Wyatt, Lengthening, 84-7, attempts an explanation of the unusual lengthening of a- as in ii I 95 (cf. Il. Hjva• (c( It. xiv 33 I) given in P 3 I is an attempt to eliminate the metrical difficulties of the line. 453-4· KQKoc;: here 'cowardly' (cC -\uyp6s- 454); amplified by 454b· 456. , P 3I; and emendation OfLOV cPP· proposed by I. Bekker and P:Cauer); cf. Eot> see van der Valk, Textual Criticism, SS· troT,+wvtJ€''i is an unusual formation from the formulaic 1rpoaec/>wvee (perhaps modelled on c/>wvfr c/>wv~EtS" (Hes.

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