The ancient critic at work: terms and concepts of literary by René Nünlist

By René Nünlist

The big yet underrated corpus of Greek scholia, the marginal and interlinear notes present in manuscripts, is a vital resource for historic literary feedback. The proof of the scholia considerably provides to and complements the image that may be received from learning the appropriate treatises (such as Aristotle's Poetics): scholia additionally include innovations that aren't present in the treatises, and they're indicative of ways the strategies are literally placed to take advantage of within the revolutionary interpretation of texts. The booklet additionally demonstrates that it is crucial to check either old terminology and the situations the place a specific phenomenon is just paraphrased. Nineteen thematic chapters supply a repertoire of many of the phrases and ideas of historical literary feedback. The correct witnesses are generally quoted in Greek and English translation. A thesaurus of Greek phrases (with translation) and a number of other indices permit the ebook additionally for use for reference.

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On Paris not being witness to Hector’s conversation with Andromache), bT Il.  ex. (on Eurypylus, though wounded, not losing consciousness), MQ Od.  (on Mentor/Athena allegedly returning to Telemachus’ companions), Q Od.  (on the high fence around Polyphemus’ yard), etc. g.  n. ); see also Erbse (: –). The chronological implications of these compounds are further explored in Chapter . , schol. HPQ Od.  (on the characterisation of the Phaeacians). –: the Greeks must not prematurely take Troy.

Most helpful are Duckworth (), Meijering (: –). See also Trendelenburg (: ), Roemer (: xvi), Bachmann (: ), W. G. Rutherford (:  n. ), Griesinger (: –), N. J. Richardson (: ), Nannini (: –). Occasionally, the shorter form ˆnafÛnhsiv/ˆnafwne±n also designates ‘prolepsis’ (Duckworth : ), although, strictly speaking, the prefix pro- is crucial, in order to indicate the ‘anachrony’ of prolepsis (Genette : – = : –). For a semantic analysis of the word, see Excursus below.

P. – Erbse) and the literature cited there. Conversely, Aristotle’s treatment of what he calls sÅstasiv tän pragm†twn (‘structure of events’, Po. b), though considered of the highest importance, remains relatively general and unspecific, which is probably due to the different ‘genre’ of the Poetics. Cf. schol. T Il.  ex. (motivates the embassy in book ), bT Il. a ex. (motivates the ‘Catalogue’ later in book ), bT Il. a ex. (motivates why the Dioscuri will not appear in the Iliad), bT Il.

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