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- DescriptionGraeme Bird examines a small group of early papyrus manuscripts of Homer's Iliad, kwn as the Ptolemaic papyri, which, although fragmentary, are the oldest surviving physical evidence 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 Iliad, sometimes showing lines with different wording, at other times including so-called 'interpolated' lines that are completely absent from our more familiar version. Whereas some scholars denigrate these papyri because of their 'eccentricity', this book analyzes their unusual readings and shows that in fact they present authentic variations on the Homeric text, based on the variability characteristic of oral performance.
- Author BiographyGraeme D. Bird is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Classics at Gordon College.
- Author(s)Graeme D. Bird
- PublisherHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Date of Publication02/11/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleHellenic Studies
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 43
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width140 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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