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By Alfred Heubeck, Stephanie West, J. B. Hainsworth

This 1st e-book of a remark compiled by way of a world crew of students comprises an creation discussing prior study at the Odyssey, its relation to the Iliad, the epic dialect, and the transmission of the textual content.

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Ii 1—2, 'O firjptS a t parrrwv enecov . . aotSot. 7 Well illustrated by Avdo Mededovic’s version of ‘T he Wedding of Smailagic Meho’, in M. Parry, A. B. Lord, D. , 1974). This song was dictated by the singer Ahmed Isakov Semic m 1885 an^ published the following year by Friedrich Krauss; reproduced in various popular editions it became widespread among singers. T he version dictated by Mededovic in 1935 was considerably expanded and seems artistically more effective; though Mededovic was himself illiterate, he learned the song from hearing it read.

17-23, and A. Heubeck, Archaeologia X , 126-84. 3' T H E EPI C D IA L E C T the result is often a more elaborate treatment both of the story and of the themes within it. For the scribe the task bears some relation to that o f an editor. 17 I f the scribe is also a collector, his awareness of alternative versions m ay tempt him into a truly editorial role, the preparation, by conflation, of a ‘consolidated’ text. W hat seem to be echoes of this phase in the story o f the text are found in the scholia to Iliad x, and might also have been heard, if the scholia were fuller, in the conclusion to the Odyssey.

In addition to the loss o f digamm a Hoekstra (Modifications) has closely examined two other features from this point of view, the quantitative metathesis and the movable -v; he has also anim ad­ verted on vowel contraction, loss o f the dual, -aav plural, and -#17aorist. T h e general conclusion is the same in each case: the secondary features are established in the text (in the fluid part of the diction), but not in the formular system. T h e linguistic developments in the vernacular o f Ionia probably antedate the end o f the eighth century, though not by any long period o f time.

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