Due problemi di epica arcaica comuni a Prassifane e ad Aristarco

Elisabetta Matelli*

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The paper considers two sources, where Praxiphanes and Aristarchus are quoted together about the same grammatical topics on Hesiod and Homer: (A), PROCLUS, Commentaria in Hesiodi Opera, PERTUSI, Proleg. Ac, 2.7-20 and (B) P.Oxy.1086.11-18. In the first text is dealt the problem of the prologue of Hesiodus' Erga, which both grammarians obelized as spurious; in the second, their interpretation of hysteron proteron in Iliad and Odyssea. An emendation to text A is proposed, as well as two new integrations of lines 12 and 17 of text B. Praxiphanes appears to have been in Thespies (Beotia), where he might have been looking for Hesiodic documents, have found a manuscript without the prologue and have got a honorary citizenship (cfr. IG VII 1752.6-7, with the probable name of his eldest son included in a military list of ephebes); he might also be the authority of Proclus' other two claims against the authenticity of the first 10 verses of the Erga. Aristarchus presumably took his judgment into account. The quotation of Praxiphanes by Aristarchus in the papyrus of the 1st century B. C. seems to be due to his analysis of the double hysteron proteron in Od. 11. 170-203. Aristarchus recalled it commenting the first real case in Iliad 2. 763, with the intention of showing the same stylistic use in both the poems (homeric sunhvqeia). Praxiphanes, in a different way, studied the double hysteron proteron in Od. 11. 170-203 according to the poetic principle of prepon
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Two problems of archaic epic common to Prassifane and Aristarco
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)31-60
Numero di pagine30
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2009


  • Aristarchus
  • Aristarco
  • Esiodo
  • Hesiod
  • Homer
  • Omero
  • P.Oxy.1086.11-18
  • Prassifane
  • Praxiphanes
  • epic
  • epica
  • hysteron proteron
  • prepon


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