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Lives of Homer

Author(s): T. W. Allen
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Source: The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 32 (1912), pp. 250-260
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1912) I have been led to consider them in general. and their origin appears to coincide very nearly with the act which marked the world's second childhood. metrical.LIVES OF HOMER. The Herodotean life is diffuse and tedious. and arranging it at the beginning of a copy of the poems. 25 ro7s /tE"WlorioLs 'OpEIa abira o'tXWv oc hAiCywv. and relation to one another are doubtful. and herein only followed the Byzantine use. Procl. but separately. Scholia of any compass have so far not been found in MSS. in post-Augustan days. rxdALa Ctro/pV?1" rwY. 3 Porph. Having recently edited them (Oxford. We have therefore nothing but internal evidence to go upon. earlier than the minuscule era. I SHALL not do injustice to the learning of my readers if I imagine that the lives of Homer are not their usual reading. tCal dE- 7•'oLo TXOAiWv.' The documents in question are eight in number. their livre de chevet. of ancient literature. not to be neglected. Most of the information they contain does not reach the level of historical fact. It was in any case the latest period of classicism which so consulted the ease of a reader as to include his commentary with his author. tJ7roi•txYajraa The word occurs. for no papyrus has been found to present the beginning of the Iliad or the Odyssey. The writer by assuming the person of Herodotus excludes the possibility of quoting technical authorities. Their age. as tedious to read as to collate. The handbook existed. For bibliographical and diplomatic details I refer to the edition. origin. icr T&. in the sense which we now give it. The Eastern Empire had the habit of amassing a considerable quantity of erudition-grammatical. unless some wandering folklorist plunders them for an Elpeo-uv'l or a Kitpwov.v ouvovoLWv oxdAca l oEVOS i~ irapaypdc4dav'ros [ioi3 "&-. It is in the Ionic dialect. I. but they constitute a department. The events of the Life themselves are few: Homer was born at Smyrna of Cretheis or Critheis upon the banks of the river 1 Mlarini 7rpdcAov] Vreo el vit. Once they were part of the arsenal of learning. The editors of Homer from Chalcondylas to Ernesti printed them at the head of the poet. They are seldom opened nowadays. and also biographical-believed necessary for the comprehension of Homer. but not 250 os har 7o rV 3L3Ala rOTV1'uaEE 7i&v . exegetical. Plot. earlier in E vit. the closing of the schools by Justinian. and in fact anyone except Homer. and are ultimately connected with their ostensible subject. Whether the later classical ages also had this habit we cannot tell.

as by 6 Hiller Rh. Neon Teichos. 413 (mainly on 3 Strabo 621 made it the original Aeolic settlement. Cyme and Lesbos were the mothers of thirty towns according to Strabo (622). returned to Colophon. The opposite view that Smyrna was founded from Ephesus is given by Strabo (634) without authority. who gave 'ApXIrwov as the 'Pxo"ros exact date (whence the Tzetzean life of Hesiod'l c. It comes between Aristarchus' 140 years and Philochorus' 180. without authority. Late literary Ionic was used by many doctors and a considerable number of post-Augustan historians (see Lobeck. Rohde. The latter 2 Cf. which town the Cymaeans were thinking of founding. and los. 225. from the birth of Homer to the invasion of Greece by Xerxes5 622 years passed. and (c. Mus. Homer's short stemma. one of his principal sources. chronology)..3 the mountain fat8v4 above Neon Teichos (mentioned elsewhere only in the poems he cites. 13. . 22 agrees origin of Cebren. Mus. however. twenty years after this Cyme was colonised. 36. no doubt maintained it.2 He makes Smyrna the birthplace of Homer. by Cyril in Julian. xviii. is an obvious but undecisive factor in the problem of the authorship. On the last date the MSS. and seems to be the only authority for the statement that Neon Teichos was founded by the Cymaeans eight years after their own settlement. from the Trojan War to the birth of Homer was 168 years. 2=318=194. The latter is given by Cassius ap. 29). Byz. 25. and the meaning of his name are quoted. 47) argues that he was an Aeolian. In his rdtXptoF (X&1o9?) he dealt with the story of Homer (vit. Phocaea. SEphorus fr. travelled about Ithaca and Leucas. The reference to archons also points to Philochorus. Chios. earlier than Cyme. and the 'Awraroipta and worship of Kovporp6~os at that place (c. 117. 253 holds that Cyril's are taken statements from chronological Eusebius. and must ask who is likely to have possessed it. SThis Herodotus. For further calculation the reader is referred to the Athenian archons. on the ground of language (wre~r•/9oxa) and institutions (the omission to utilise the do. 23). 2).e. The Ephesian Artemidorus. where he lost his sight.6 Philostr. Lomic p.LIVES OF HOMER 251 Meles. ii.4 the localities shewn at Neon Teichos in connexion with Homer. We must look at the writer's opinions. This. and. Steph. in the Cymaean aera was chosen in character. where he died. Rh. The great man of Cyme was Ephorus.i of the victim). Plut. Heroic. was the general opinion. xvii. according to Smyth. 21. We depend upon the local knowledge. 2). vii. 995). not a Chian or an letan. The writer shews a detailed knowledge of Aeolis. The language. i. The dialect is late. Samos. Aglaoph. Moreover at the end he gives some very precise chronological details: Lesbos was settled in towns 130 years after the Trojan War. He holds that Smyrna was founded from Cyme. 3. Gell. The rest of his life he passed in Smyrna. p. his parentage. clearly quotes from him): the iron-works at Cebren. Ionic. vary between 168 and 160. the survival for a long time of the Ktiuvos or Kepae7S in the JYepAL~at Samos (c. Cyme.

EhdAas•se•. Syncellus and Malalas. and as his ninth book treated of Alexander there is an obvious reason why he should have incorporated the Trojan discourse of the elder Cephalion. iii. were a Gergithian. )Idas araAire'n. but it is to be observed that there is nothing in it inconsistent with the second Cephalion except his birthplace. oraopias eru'd. dv BtBlots The CteXdaS 0'. 8 Ke aAlwv nvye 6A ?)v 4 KeQdAwv. 995 may still be read. According to Tpocdta Photius he himself concealed his birthplace and parentage. we know of Ephorus. Attalus I. and in Ionic.' This at first sight means the TpOwc of his namesake. This article is currently accused of conflation.T. one of whom wrote TpoKLcd. &ypa i cal dBiwwv rarpl'a 8t' •ifLEXGsaV auvaorTv. would easily go one step 7 Herod. after the model of Homer. 68 sqq. W. 'the history of Cephalion. Cephalion either knew it from personal observation or stole it from his namesake's TpLcKd. and to it we may add two arguments from probability. the origin of the local information in the Life is clear. There appear to have been two Cephaliones. . 7TrypdcgELModtas. According to the article in Suidas he was also a Gergithian. who lived under Antiochus the Great. 68). while he is merely a cloak for Hegesianax. He survived till the day of Byzantian who Photius. He also gave himself out to be an exile in Sicily-evidently after the model of Herodotus. or an account of the geography and history of the Troad (like Demetrius of Scepsis. 625 sqq.7. This is plainly in imitation of Herodotus.. Moreover. yeyovcks d2 'A~psavoi. may cover the I. wrote wravroSo0ra of the sort of Conon and Hephaestion. le .).cal &AAX priropsKds. One who had copied Herodotus' dialect and his nine Muses.G. If Ephorus treated the Homer-legend he can hardly have written a life of Homer also. No one will wish to go back to Hippias and Stesimbrotus. Suidas' ascription of Gergithus to him is wrong. It is therefore not certain that. &•sva pSlroprKal .ife. Aglaoph. Another of his name. His history. and the in his tone and diffuseness of the Herodotean life does not resemble what infantinee[y-•wPov.H. If he. On Cephalion Lobeck.rav•poorows . according to Photius. in his ninth book he included. Part II. and was a source for the /o'roplat erudites. under Hadrian. : Ephorus: Crethon Ithagenes Omyres Melanopus + daughter Critheis Apelles Dios Maion Phemius + Critheis Hesiod Homer Homer The occurrence of Crethon in the Herodotean stemma suggests Dinarchus (v. nor make him an ambassador to Rome. More is to be said for Cephalion of Gergithus (F. analyses him (Bibliotheca cod. ALLEN 252 part of the Ephorean stemma is not the same as the Herodotean. ii. like the elder Cephalion. and Histiaea) and is quoted by Augustan and Antoninian writers.Icl. was in nine books. this difference seems enough to disprove Ephorus' authorship. according to Photius. This shadowy person was called of Gergithus. called after the nine muses. rEpyIlBos* Si7mp Kac LT70plK6S.8 Suidas does not ascribe to him.).

It contains beside the epigraphical and archaeological details we have mentioned twenty-eight verse quotations. We need I think not look fiurtherfor the author of the Herodotean life. the so-called Homeric Epigrams. two profess to be epitaphs (that on Midas o was claimed for Cleobulus of Lindos). The poem was eminently local. It was also the age of anecdotic history and Homeric mythology. But on inspection it looks improbable that they ever stood in a different context from that in which they now find themselves. namely the Cycle. epigraphic or of known source. taLv{. ib. The allusion in Tatian is doubtful. seem to be concerned with nothing but what they ostensibly convey. the Life of Homer. in fact. the prophecy of iron at Cebren (285). written for Midas' sons. It would be very difficult to force a4Seo-Oe (101). with his date 168 or 160 years after the Troica. but as Pollux states it was attributed to Hesiod it apparently had an independent existence. the Ktpvo9 or Kepapeit (attributed to Hesiod The remaining fifteen are not popular or by Pollux) and the Elpeolt•cv. Did this poem come down to Cephalion's time and was it used by him directly ? That a vast mass of heroic verse existed in Cephalion's age.). Some of the lines were utilised by Sophocles (Athen. Cephalion (or the author of the Life) seems to have written a prose history out of this poem. Similarly the Orphic compiler of the Berlin Papyrus 44 worked in verses here and there from the extant Homeric Hymn. the age of Lucian and Philostratus. and the IIooQeLdLWv other verses if less unamenable do not suggest of themselves an heroic context. incorporating portions which recommended themselves. The quotations of the Life are late (Stephanus of Byzantium and Philoponus). Of these eight come from the Iliad and Odyssey. or oc" t' a'oy (173). and this is slightly confirmed by its mention in the Suidean list of Homer's works (46. This information would be extant in the Antonine period. the childish prolixity of the Life. for Pauw's emendation Kdiwrj is probable). ed. the foundation of Smyrna from Cyme (175. Now as the writer draws on the Iliad and Odyssey to supply his hero with utterances it might be supposed that these fifteen deliverances came from other but lost epics. fiull of local details. 6). without Alexandrianism or mysticism. together with its well-furnished sources. They appear to come all from one poem on that subject. We then assume an autobiographical poem. They are in good epic Greek. which are often believed to have an independent existence. veoov or cKXDOL (235) into any part of the Tale of Thebes or Troy. which is the age of Pausanias and 9 How the author reconciled this epitaph. and contained most of the geographical data which we have noticed: the foundation of Neon Teichos from Cyme (102.. one is according to the author the beginning of the Ilias parva. The verses. The poem may or may not have contained the KdLevowor Kepa1Let (439). two are popular songs. . Cephalion limits himself to comments on these texts. Oxf.LIVES OF HOMER 253 further and write a life of Homer under Herodotus' name. They constitute a considerable problem. Photius condemns his childish pretence of learning. the worship of Poseidon on Helicon (236). is not clear:. 592 A). is obvious.

). 16. such as that Homer recited the hymn to Apollo standing on the o and that the Delians inscribed his verses on a XheK~Aa in Pat. schol. The parody of part of it by Sophocles suggests it was current in the fifth century.254 T. of a much earlier date. which we find used in the Antoninian period by Athenaeus 1. 1909. vii. He conveys much learned information: the beginnings and stichometry of the Thebais and Epigoni-a method of classification implying access to the 7rlvakeS of Callimachus.11 Callicles. 30. who quotes MovO•eov 81. as well as the Homeric life. and Alcidamas are still extant. Das antike Buchween. JAeyela &PX37 . IM1pTs Obyarap. and a third part composed of a Life of Hesiod and a Life of Homer. Hal. Eratosthenes. nehonrovv~acraoi 7rpb -ro LaMywv is to be noticed as an instance of one source of the tradition about Homer. 70oThis writers he quotes are Hellanicus.).4 the stichometry of the Iliad and Odyssey. try &v &px'i 0iE &. was discovered among the Flinders Petrie papyri (s. 1n F.). still there is no explicit mention of any poem which could be this. B. discovered by Stephanus in what is still the unique fourteenth century MS. iii. i. B 744. for instance Stesimbrotus. 28. cf. ALLEN Athenaeus. Part II. the The original of the lirSvuFa. 10).H. The composer of the Certamen does not name himself. the next document to be considered is the Certamen.C. p. which is preserved vit. 14. xi. This singular composition.yviKaALTEIXVW V Cv $reO' iKacr2Pd3e. vi. p. Eugaeon. The Life of Homer comes from the same source as the other Lives: its stemma is the same as the Characean and the Proculean. has been most recently explained by Adolf Busse (Rh. It consists of three parts: a Life of Homer. Cleanthes the Stoic. In the third part the compiler uses the original of the life of Hesiod repeated successively by Proclus (this has perished) and Tzetzes (extant). extant in the time of Stobaeus. 1r Democritus of Troezen must disappear.as Alcidamas in his turn probably took them from a predecessor. 82 from it. ii. 108). at Florence. 2. Mus. 12 No independent notice of Callicles exists. since his candidate as Homer's father Masagoras here is evidently the same as Dmasagoras favoured by Alexander of Paphlos (vit. None of these is late. KepaL'vo9 the temple of Artemis.'2 Democrines 13 of Troezen. 3) OELo-daov unlike Herodotus quotes: the author a'o0KpdTopov defines his age a parte priore. and Alcidamas dv MovO-elq. 89). was still central portion. He equates Homer's period with Midas and Medon in believing the 10 There is no difficulty reference to concern the original Agon and not Rhetorical exercises by Gorgias our document. Dated by Dion. the Agon proper.. Delian anecdotes (from Semus ?). If this is so he is the authority for the statement Cert. as Hi4 CpoL irooduov. Similarly the compiler of the Certamen took over his quotations from Alcidamrnas. and these are all slightly varying representations of the genealogy of Damastes (v. 17. 164. He seems to have been a Cypriote. vi. Cyprian Salaminian vii. W. It is therefore probable it was known to Cephalion through the earlier m6moiristes. To this autobiographical poem we shall return. and Tzetzes Chil. He was probably earlier than Antipater (vit. but by a 'ASptavoD reference to an oracle given dril (32. a version with variants of B 559 sqq. that his father was giveni as a hostage by the He made him a Cyprians to the Persians. ArUdicptro here is an error for the rarer name. 1 Birt. first lines without figures in Anonymi vita Aristor pctelis Did.1o A portion of it. therefore used the of Alcidamas. Plut. is obvious. The compiler which is the basis of all the Lives (ib.G. 750 declares he had read 'many' of the latter's o'••yo.

who cites Clearchus ap. '7i-ros . If Proclus two centuries later wrote a Life of Homer. The presumption would follow either that Alcidamas wrote all the verses himself (a supposition hardly likely in itself. 457 D rpo43aXxov ov X r. in v. ••'.. / ) ei7v7Fzt 70 EXOgevo vca cWov Xeyew..Y/voa? apLtIoXov9 6c aJ&. The author made an early Cento of a griphic character..G. That the Agon was in fact griphic is the view of Busse 1. We should therefore add the first verse in most cases. &l Olvqr elova . For the post of compiler I have suggested Porphyrius. In other words the couplets constituted a kind of rypZo with solution.5 The Agon proper.I. or tworrotv lines. 7rh "otao .. p. is not strong. teacher of Porphyrius under Aurelian.g.LIVES OF HOMER 255 king of Athens. and grammarians were innumerable. Hermogenes ii.). 1' e. apparently absurd./p 7raph 70o•9 7rrov'JOr7epot VJv E aXXh . the first two in some.c. Whether all this erudition came from the ir-g6vywxa. to the fragments of Hesiod. whose epitaph (C. ET7tEWroXE/lo0Xahewro9 Waoyo-t v/vvat$iv. and which would rob the dialogue of most of its point). qu. Still the field is open.Tretvb and these rTipov orrOr70o rtov. II. Still the griphe which consisted in giving the next verse to one quoted is in so far a support to my belief that the couplets in the Agon were originally couplets as they stand. rov glov . o'Trw oivi 0 . rrepl a' $'. the book is too erudite in form for a sophist or for Philostratus. his predecessor (or a disciple) might have composed this mixture of erudition and rhetoric (as he wrote his well-found life of Pythagoras).ca9' gva 'tcaoiov av 've J Ov "O/L1pov. which Homer set right by the simple addition.we cannot tell. who wrote several Homeric works. 3311) says ovvzypaie 6 B$ 8hfa . 441). which seems to have been incorporated faithfullysince the papyrus fragment does not differ materially from the fourteenth century MS. Porph. ica i 7 Ke aXatov rpcr4. the last to the fragments of Homer. ov 70o That is to Hesiod one say EweparcrL7e rov tHotodov. /CL'Tpo9. or Cassius Longinus (Suid. The anterior time-limit cuts out most of the smaller grammarians whose names we know.. line. . 1. a' .--contains a number of verses recited alternately by Hiesiod and Homer: icak~X 8~ v [70ri i-o•xca~ oro•s' raV' av7ao9 '' che A Hlo V Wp/tLoE) X'Opijpov] '1 ' V . the austerity of Apollonius and Herodian cannot be suspected. or the compiler added thereto de sumo.qa between the Greek parlour-games.tt&XXov Epo7('iJVEvs aXXijXov. or that he selected lines which lent themselves to his purpose from the Cycle (since none of them occur in the Iliad and Odyssey) and Hesiod. Ath. 'Triov.al rirs 'Ou•ipov Z/6pvvrs •rept roopiar rarpla6osa' (Schrader.v The resemblance 'rog. as oVoro avip avopv r7'a aato a avaXlKLdoto propounded UL'71. The great Homeric activity of Porphyrius seems to draw it by suction into its track. for which Memory was the only Agon requisite.o g ao a~pF•etov 7 elr"oVTt avTe7..Lv wrotcpivaaOaet 8 d 8 •I8iao8h 7rpCOrov dElo7~e Kai riXov 7n'v 'Ozjpov SCH-Tdov.

then 1286. We are to understand therefore that rais they belong to the stock of heroic poetry on which youth was fed.. K&AALO'T~a . 7roL~rw~iv 'r?.16 It appears to me unlikely that Aristophanes should have put part of a fifth-century cento into the mouth of his boy. appropriated by Alcidamas. 108 occur consists of a who has learned series of heroic hexameters put in the mouth of a them at school.•yov &s d6 7rpess deYot 'r&rrapes Kal 7rdwra Paa5• rdwv ytryop/. 18=236d may AUVKecYbUTYKaS7' &3'CyAalwY6romtr'rv r'zciv Cat KCalraxdws . The first (1270) is the of Teos: the next. the same must hold of all the others. failing specific proof of the contrary. 108-is transparently not a blend of Hesiod and Homer.i 'r&v re ireppl LtaAdyowtro g•. tAAivy ical 'z-iE IH~rlsou ical 'z-isO~i'hou 7rrosEws. It is not difficult to see what the intention of the exercise was. Further. which is Aristophanes' object. whatever lessons of style they might convey. the couplet in question follows. 7 not in our Homer but in good heroic Greek. or the cento is a fifth-century work.LVWV. words Panath. Therefore either Alcidamas' statement that the couplets are composed of unconnected Hesiodean and Homeric lines is entirely untrue. 4 and 1276.T. like the first three. They would be unsuitable for children to commit to heart. W. If we examine the couplets. the passage of the Peace in which 107.g Kdr cijv 7RporEpov &AhoLs. in particular on the ambiguity of many of their lines taken in themselves: the ifault he censured was the failure to include the elements of predication within the stichus. Moreover effective parody. 16 Isocrates' apply:. and poem on account of the hysteron proteron. But this. intended to pass a veiled criticism on the style of the post-homeric epopoei. consists in the quotation of passages really occurring in familiar works.ravraxov Ei. The presumption evidently is that the fourth and fifth quotations. If now the first couplet in the Contest-107. himself a stylist of the first rank. we see that the first line read by itself conveys an absurdity which is set right by the apparition of the second. are from the heroic about corpus": in fact since the scholiast who identifies 1270 says nothing them I presume he left it to be understood that they also came from the Epigoni. 1273. The rhetor. As Busse himself remarks 115.K(' chriiv7F AEyzhe ovg~v C&~v7rap' .. not of lines invented. ALLEN 256 But there are two difficulties at least in accepting this view: first the couplet 107. 6 are certainly indecent. and 117 ambiguous. a literary fable to introduce his exercise. 108 L7T7ov 'p&a 'cadyvas &etwvov TrtEL' e~Xovro /ocov 0 oto Kcop64r07v 7ro0X 're •-cXvov th3pAovrav is cited by Aristophanes Peace 1282 with a slight variant. and why these particular verses were put into the mouths of the characters. according to me. Thus 107 makes the heroes eat horseflesh. . beginning of the Epigoni of Antimrnachus are common lines in the Iliad. or artificially brought together. by a compiler. Aristophanes is older than Alcidamas. 108 by from the government of providing a new verb removes abxyvas ir-aov have stood in a heroic never can lines the (Meyer and Busse think lhovTro. Alcidamas' statement is a blind. ?rso~v rP baqa~cirres Ecf) (1/wY 'z$rlLv)oveVrov1Es.

?-rv/L/3c KavaX~47ro(3E tT7ToL Epltovre9 rEpt viI?7.H. A few further suggestions may be made. which has been misunderstood. 2. The five lines are supposed to be the beginning of a poem. The efforts of rhapsodes to ease the grammar and elucidate the sense of Homer himself were a principal cause of the accretions of the Iliad and Odyssey. The problem set by Hesiod to Homer immediately before the series of couplets begins. The sentiment of 114 resembles II.e. is given. One Lesches and one only is known to history.and in this passage he has been for many years past doubled. Vv. Karl Robert. the Masters presumably were sacred. the Atrides who (133-137) contrived to make a double ganfe can only be Menelaus receiving Paris. but the apparent imputation on Artemis' virtue (111) comes from Hesiod. 100). conv.e.- •tot3ic.LIVES OF HOMER 257 (' perhaps the crasis also. would find a place in the N&rrot. We conclude then that Alcidamas used the traditional contest between Homer and Hesiod as a vehicle to convey criticism on badly composed verses of the heroic corpus. 299).G. 153 F. at 683). viz':7)e17 tilye p~oi~' ayE/iotra r'&~wra7r'Qa~Lytrp" c o AzEva 7rpo 71 Ew'ra E. if not from Eumelus (Apollod. or the Trjxeyovla.' The rhetor castigated these faults of technique by exhibiting the first line in the guise of a puzzle to be solved by the other competitor.. parv. i. The interesting question follows: where do these verses come from ? None of them occur in Homer or Hesiod as we have them. 122 alarms us with the 'white bones of dead Zeus. not a literal challenge to Homer. the burial of Sarpedon: no poem is known to deal with this subject separately. He rests on the respectable evidence of Phanias the Peripatetic. 108 as we have noticed may have come from the Epigoni. iii. The verses may come from a fuller version of II (i. Should a second Lesches 17 The Plutarchean e /oGado& L vevre K7reva defends the ioiga' &ye got of the Certamen. The rest I cannot guess at. who makes him a native of Pyrrha in Lesbos and a rival of Arctinus (F. sap. with verbal variants. The presumption is that the remainder came from the Hesiodic corpus and the Cycle. ocr (" Xrdm tuvn at with Homer's answerofi'(3 7r7"0-aLLp/ At( apaara o vvrplovo.L(&nror' dv in 134. ii. Line 131 credits some heroic force appearance•EydX' with capacity beyond that7rv'T of Xerxes' host. The second objection to believing the Agon to be a cento whether of the fifth or the fourth century is this. The accumulation of genitives betrays the forger. 124-6 which are retrospective. as should e'er be brought to mind. .Loa'" !•Cot"r?"r eov'rard (3' rCow /aBv p~rs(v aet3E. in the Cypria.'7 by PIutarch sept. and recall e 468 sqq. Vv. He has fared badly at the hands of the learned. 107.) Line 133 Tooatv is the deferred 'ArpEerSy mitigated by long e~XE?rorweortv ~Xor8at of . resolved him into the man of the Xao-Xm. accretions which the Alexandrians found their most profitable occupation in removing. 2b 8' is the usual call to the Muse. on the authority of Lesches. accounted for their selection. 121-3.

fr. could only write verse. 257. one short the nearly entirely grammatical: each begins with a short life. Galen first. expanded the incident into a rhetorical exercise. Harrison's first gospel. That he repeated Lesches' couplets throughout cannot be proved. It is not certain that the couplets 107 sqq. Arctinus and Antimachus. but it seems not improbable. attest that Plutarch wrote LXdTasL o/•L)pala. 930. from which Plutarch quoted in the first century after Christ. Various ancient and authors. and Theognis (if we believe Mr. Gr. Lesches then beside the 'IXLue uEpd composed a pious poem on his Master's life. 931. Such another poem. to criticise. as Pindar and Bacchylides exchanged courtesies two hundred years later. We must deal with the evidence which exists without foregone conclusions. some of them. 36. Rohde. Prose was not in his day. but I do not build on such slender foundations). Eduard Meyer. Litteraturgesch. . conveying criticism on the post-homeric epopoei. W.'s In the last volume of Plutarch's dreary Moralia is to be found a lengthy It treatise entitled repl o/L7pov or elS rbV plov ro70i pov. Hermes 27. He therefore narrated the contest between Homer and Hesiod at Chalcis in a poem. It would be contrary to all we know of the bardic nature if the and Hesiodei spared each otherHomrneridae K~at rrw0Xo9 r7TWX~ flov~eE Ka& a~otsO9 doL65. Lesches' day also was so early that he had only. of the Hesiodic school.258 T. 265 (the victory of Hesiod over Homer not at Chalcis but at Delos) was drawn. In the fourth century Alcidamas. but that they were put into shape and provided with s18 These conclusions were I believe reached I see on reference that the independently. and out of which Alcidamas centuries before composed his Movo-eZov. A poem also appeared to be the source of the Herodotean life. who Stobaeus gives considerable extracts therefrom. pending such a resurrection this theoretical tribute to method is sterile. ALLEN appear in a document this argument will succeed. Modern scholars19 have investigated the matter consider that these two treatises represent the CpXeat. Mus. one and indivisible. The Lesbian poem contained a contest in amoebean verse: it was probably only an episode in the poetical life of Homer. 239. The contents of both r-Xov'rdpXov consists of two parts. and sharply. idea of a poem of some antiquity as the source of the Certamen is countenanced by Bergk. i. ed. 377. as it would seem by Philochorus. the author of the Epigoni. Lesches. 19 I have enumerated p. We may plausibly add the Thebais (as older than Callinus) and the Cypria (see p. are other long. of the Certamnen formed part of Lesches' poem. However. so far as we can prove. whose interest was in style. it is more than probable that the professionals of the eighth century did criticise each other. It seems then safe to say that the tradition of the rivalry between the heads of the two schools can be traced to a Lesbian cyclic poet of the eighth century. Rh. as I still do) corrected his poetical brethren. for Plutarch's reference only covers 97-101. was that from which Hes.

. ed. to keep the numbers which Westermann gave them.Y. It opens in good literary Greek with a profession of impartiality worthy of Pausanias. of Ephorus dv dwrrtXowpi. and exist in a dozen and probably more MSS. and see no reason why the intolerable quality of these books may not be laid at his door. on the parentage and Aristotle dv 9 rrep and birth of Homer. I can believe anything of Plutarch. They are. 616. Aristotle. Bonn. and Proclus. IV. and the Biblioteca Nacional at Madrid. Aristodemus of Nysa. Heraclides. has dealt hardly with the collection. xii. This exists in two forms. Aristarchus. Nicander. The same was seen on snake's-gut by Georgius Cedrenus (s. They both give a place to the Pisistratus-legend. Stesimbrotus. Pal. are brief. Timomachus.i rcpv (poov (I take this from 'r pd$eo yptqiptaoa't Gardthausen Gr. quotes much the same authorities as Plutarch II. Hypsicrates. who denied Homer the Odyssey. and. which exists in two unequal parts in the Vittorio Emanuele at Rome. and Apollodorus are new. Simonides. IV. The last section consists of the Herodotean Life. however. and supplied the public of Constantinople with its intellectual food. The first life contains the views.'IXtav XpvoScot y~ypatiti~va 7. like the Certarnen. Suidas' chapter on Homer is. but adds Bacchylides. A pre'cis of this was prefixed to the archetype of a distinguished family of MSS. and catalogues a number of writers on Homer among whom Anaximenes. V. at Madrid. They are eclipsed by VI. date from the same period as the Certamen. however..'-r. deionicised. and Sittl in 1888 found a much better version in the charming ninth-century MS. The life by Proclus is part of his chrestomathia (Proclus died. Pyrander. Theocritus. including the Venetian and Escorial copies of the Iliad. The Life and the analysis of the Cypria have been most favoured. is the shorter. and blown it almost literally to the winds. Philochorus. dv v . gives a stemma. 96. 485) to which we owe our knowledge of the contents of the Cycle. tripartite. It is useful for establishing the text . Hippias. according to the verdict of criticism.'OtzeOpov pLe7 cal 7i-i lo-roplas r7. which wrouY-r)iu is short. The life quotes numerous authorities. and oracles some it collects also . who says 3pdiKovToS 'vrepov roV oSv EKaTO d'ICoaOtv. p.. Antimachus. resembles the anonymous lives and gives a catalogue of authorities -Pindar.LIVES OF HOMER 259 biographical introductions-to gild the pill-by some one else. Nos. Dinarchus. D.) Fortune. among which Damastes. and a list of disputed works. It also mentions the heresy of Xenon and Hellanicus. and the order of the quotations altered. and V. the beginning left out. They are very common. and goes by the name of its former owner Muretus. very valuable. the most valuable of these documents.) Hist.cal jl • "Og6oCrLC TE. The rest of the lives are anonymous. cornp. Iriarte in the eighteenth century first copied it from one of Lascaris' MSS. p. the Cycle and the IHatyvwa. of scholia minora on the Iliad. taking Homer back to Orpheus. for the biographies are palpable additions. Ephorus.D. The second. and Gorgias appear for the first time. and Crates. The question has little interest for the Homeric Lives. in A. head of the Academy. epigrams. Pherecydes.

The materials used through these three sources are the same as those in the other lives: e.G. W. vit. iv. in which the Suidean life is prefixed to the Iliad. epitomised him. Smyrna.) of the life.H. 'O/pep and constitutes another life. of of the claims as a who Nicaea.). 21 Charax was extant A. Its immediate authorities are recent.g. 502. (To be continued. . and belonged to the circle of Plotinus and Porphyry.D. The first portion is new. v. the stemma of Charax is the same as the stemma of the Certamen and Proclus. his fr. 39.20 The latter appears supporter who to be & possessed a property six seems Kao-plctao9 ~Ilpuov IcaXov4LEvo9. if Eusta- thius of Epiphania (ap. and that of Callimachus as quoting the epitaph e'vOd6&e r+v tepdv (53) are peculiar to Vind. whose history went down to that year. miles from Minturnae (Porphyr. 19. 2. Evag. 24. ii. A.. F. 2 This mention of him. 138).2t and also who compiled the chapter of Suidas out of it and the other five parts is unknown. T. Who compiled this Life. Porphyrius V etXoo-6bp io-ropla.260 LIVES OF HOMER The middle contains a passage from Dioscorides iv rol r'ap v6got9 already quoted by Athenaeus 8 E. 7). cf.D. and goes back to Damastes. Callimachus perhaps came through Charax. ALLEN. That he came from Nicaea is new. Phot. Charax and Castricius of the historian (s.