A Commentary on Homer’s Odyssey: Volume III: Books XVII-XXIV by Joseph. Manuel Fernandez-Galiano. Alfred Heubeck Russo

By Joseph. Manuel Fernandez-Galiano. Alfred Heubeck Russo

This is often the 3rd and ultimate quantity of a presentation in English of a statement on Homer's Odyssey compiled via a global workforce of students and released in Italian lower than the auspices of Fondazione Lorenzo Valla. during this quantity every one element of statement is preceded through introductions facing the books in query. For this English model the creation and statement were completely revised and tailored to the textual content of T.W. Allen within the Oxford Classical Texts series.

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A change o f scene at mid-verse is unusual, but seems to appeal to the 26 B O O K XVI I 140-212 poet in this section of the narrative, since he does it again at 260 and did it earlier at xv 495. 191 . π ο τ ΐ ε σ π ε ρ α : ‘ towards evening’ . T h e sole use o f πρός/ποτι with tem poral sense in H om er, see Chantraine, Gmmmaire, ii 133. p iy to v : ‘colder’ . T h e com parative ρίγιον is norm ally m etaphorical in H om er and means ‘worse’ , ‘rather unpleasant’ (xx 220; II. i 323, 563, xi 405; and cf.

No man could surpass it in accoutrements. T his interpretation is supported by δπλισθεν δε γυναίκες, xxiii 143, describing the servingw om en of the household adorning themselves, in order to give the illusion of a w edding feast as ordered by O dysseus. Since οπλίζω is to adorn or equip finely, then νπεροπλίζομαι is ‘to surpass in adornm ent or equip­ m ent’ . T his interpretation has been largely overlooked in the past, the only exception I could find being van der Valk, Textual Criticism, 127, who sim ply translates ‘to surpass’, with no discussion o f its being a hapax and no explanation o f how it comes to have this meaning.

T h e final -a o f κατά is lost b y apocope, loss o f a final vowel before a consonant (whereas elision is loss of final vowel before a vowel), very com m on in H om eric G reek for the 20 B O O K XVI I 23-46 prepositions άνά, παρά, κατά (cf. the familiar forms αμ πεΒίον, παρθέμενοι, κακκείοντες). N orm ally after loss of -a the final -r of κατά assim­ ilates to the following consonant and doubles it, but where the consonant is already double, the τ is sim ply dropped, as in κάσχεθε. Further details in Chantraine, Grammaire, i 87—8.

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