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Show & Tell: Simile Numbers in Homer

September 8, 2011

This is a quick one.  I just wanted to recommend to our reader- and writership (with the exception of Sulpicia III, who subscribes to the blog in question) this post from The Homer Multitext Blog  (the blog of a project devoted to actualizing Nagy’s dream of a Homer text which embraces ALL OF THE VARIANTS).  It’s not as well-written as one might hope — the author is a (I believe) an undergraduate at Holy Cross — but fascinating nonetheless.  Apparently, in a certain Venetian manuscript of Homer which is among our earliest and most important testimonia, the similes are (most of them) numbered.  Christine Roughan presents some hypotheses as to the purpose and history of these numbers.

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