DE NOVIS LIBRIS IUDICIA S. P ulleyn , Homer Iliad 1 . Edited with an Introduction, Translation, and Commentary. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000. xi, 304 p. This is an elementary commentary intended for rst time or slightly advanced students of Homer, which includes a literal translation and an alphabetical vocabulary. The comments in general adequately explain Homeric morphology and syntax and discuss matters of interpretation. As is only to be expected of a commentary of modest dimensions, the choice of comments re ects the interests of the author, who must decide how to use the space allotted to him. Hence, we nd thorough dis- cussions of all religious aspects, but hardly any discussion of type-scenes or other aspects of structure. Here a more even balance would have been desirable, in particular with an eye on the novice-like status of the users of this commentary. As it is, they are supposed to work through two pages on the epithet Sminyeè (134-5) or even three on AÞyiop°aw (229-31), but are nowhere informed about the structure and dynamics of an assembly-scene, which takes up the greater part of book 1. Pulleyn also goes into considerable detail where the
Mnemosyne – Brill
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