W. BERGOLD, Der Zweikampf des Paris und Menelaos. Zu Ilias r 1-Δ 222. (Habelts Dissertationsdrucke, Reihe Klass. Philologie, 28). Bonn, Habelt, 1977. 223 S. Pr. DM. 28

W. BERGOLD, Der Zweikampf des Paris und Menelaos. Zu Ilias r 1-Δ 222. (Habelts... 166 (p. 149) does not necessarily have to be explained by these Pisistratid activities2), but may have been considered to present no particular problems worth mentioning by the ancients, except for Josephus who, of course, had reasons of his own. If we have no idea of how such an undertaking could have been organised in the eighth century B.C., as tradition will have it, the problem cannot be solved by the relegation of the composition to the sixth century, when production problems may have been less but still con- siderable. Whereas I remain unconvinced by Jensen's main argument about the composition of the Homeric poems on the initiative of the Pisistratids, his careful investigation of the Pisistratids role deserves attention, as he makes some remarkable points against Davison's views. Finally, even if comparison with other epic traditions does not definitely prove that the Homeric epics were orally dictated texts, the new material from Albania and certain parts of Africa, adduced in the first part of this book, is a useful addition to our reconstruction of the actual circumstances under which the Homeric poems were performed. BILTHOVEN, Kometenlaan 6 A. H. M. KESSELS 1) See F. Cassola, Inni Omerici, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

W. BERGOLD, Der Zweikampf des Paris und Menelaos. Zu Ilias r 1-Δ 222. (Habelts Dissertationsdrucke, Reihe Klass. Philologie, 28). Bonn, Habelt, 1977. 223 S. Pr. DM. 28

Mnemosyne, Volume 37 (1-2): 166 – Jan 1, 1984

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166 (p. 149) does not necessarily have to be explained by these Pisistratid activities2), but may have been considered to present no particular problems worth mentioning by the ancients, except for Josephus who, of course, had reasons of his own. If we have no idea of how such an undertaking could have been organised in the eighth century B.C., as tradition will have it, the problem cannot be solved by the relegation of the composition to the sixth century, when production problems may have been less but still con- siderable. Whereas I remain unconvinced by Jensen's main argument about the composition of the Homeric poems on the initiative of the Pisistratids, his careful investigation of the Pisistratids role deserves attention, as he makes some remarkable points against Davison's views. Finally, even if comparison with other epic traditions does not definitely prove that the Homeric epics were orally dictated texts, the new material from Albania and certain parts of Africa, adduced in the first part of this book, is a useful addition to our reconstruction of the actual circumstances under which the Homeric poems were performed. BILTHOVEN, Kometenlaan 6 A. H. M. KESSELS 1) See F. Cassola, Inni Omerici,

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