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Eustathius' commentary on Homer's "Odyssey" (Ch. 1379-1397)

Makrinos, Antonios; (2005) Eustathius' commentary on Homer's "Odyssey" (Ch. 1379-1397). Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Eustathius' Commentary on Homer's Odyssey is preserved in two manuscripts (Parisinus Graecus 2702 and Marcianus Graecus 460). The latest edition of the work by G Stallbaum in two volumes (1:1825, 2 1826) is a printed reproduction of the first edition by N Maioranus in 1550 which was the first attempt of comparative study of the two manuscripts. Since then, there has been no complete edition based on the scientific comparison of both manuscripts and although Stallbaum's edition corrects some minor editorial mistakes, it does not offer a text based on a full study of both manuscripts furthermore, it preserves a substantial number of mistakes and it does not provide the reader with neither an apparatus criticus or testimonia. Additionally, there are neither comments nor any translating remarks which could help the understanding of the text The aim of my research is to accomplish a comparative study of both manuscripts of Eustathius' Commentary on Homer's Odyssey and to provide a full edition of a sample of text (chapters 1379-1397). Hence, my PhD thesis is divided in three parts: the introduction, the text and the fontes and testimonia. The introduction is divided in five chapters. 1 The first chapter provides background information on Eustathius' life and writings. 2. In the second chapter I discuss the chronological order of Eustathius' Commentaries on the Iliad and the Odyssey. 3. The third chapter is a complete comparative study of the codices there is an analytical description of both codices (treating matters like the use of ink, the marginal notes, the information acquired in the first and last pages) and a comparative examination of their physical features the combination of the external evidence together with a short description of the history of the manuscripts and an evaluation of their quality provide the reader with some useful conclusions on their relationship (including a stemma of the codices and the suggestion for an Archetype theory). 4. The fourth chapter treats the subject of Eustathius as a commentator and it deals with problems like his interpretative method and terminology and his allegorical interpretative strategy 5 In the fifth chapter, there is the identification of Eustathius' sources. 6. And finally in the sixth chapter, there is a short discussion of Eustathius' style and language. The introduction is followed by the edition of the text of Eustathius' Commentary on the Odyssey (1379-1397), with an apparatus criticus based on the comparative study of the manuscripts, the editio princeps and Stallbaum's edition. The edition of the text also provides the reader with testimonia together with some comments and translating remarks on the most problematic passages.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Eustathius' commentary on Homer's "Odyssey" (Ch. 1379-1397)
Identifier: PQ ETD:592586
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445266
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