Iliad 1.282-284 and Nestor’s Rhetoric of Compromise

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A Journal of Classical Studies


AmeisK.F.HentzeC. Anhang zu Homers Ilias 1877 Leipzig 2

BonifaziA. MackayE.A. Memory and Visualization in Homeric Discourse Μarkers Orality, Literacy, Memory in the Ancient Greek and Roman World 2008 Leiden 35 64

EisenbergerH. Zur Erklärung von Ilias 1, 282-284 Glotta 1985 63 159 161

GundertH. Zur Nestorrede im 1. Gesang der Ilias gb 1974 2 61 67

KirkG.S. The Iliad: A Commentary, vol 1: Books 1-4 1983 Cambridge

LataczJ. Homers Ilias Gesamtkommentar, Band 1, 1 Gesang; Faszikel 2: Kommentar 2000 Munich

PulleynS. Homer Iliad Book 1 2000 Oxford

van BennekomR. Hom. Il. A 282-4 Glotta 1984 62 149 150

van der MijeS.R. Achilles’ God-Given Strength. Iliad A 178 and Gifts from the Gods in Homer Mnemosyne 1987 40 241 267

VossJ.H. Anmerkungen und Randsglossen zu Griechen und Römern 1838 Leipzig

WestM.L. Homerus Ilias 1998 Leipzig

WestM.L. Hesiod Theogony 1966 Oxford


Cf. van der Mije (1987) for a good discussion of Nestor’s rhetoric in Book 1, and especially 1.280, which he rightly sees as praise of Achilles.


Latacz (2000) ad loc. Cf. Ameis and Hentze 1877 ad loc., where Ameis argues that Nestor corrects his brusque command, changing his tone to a request; Hentze, however, denied a contrast between the two statements, but rather insisted on their continuity.


Latacz (2000); Kirk (1983) ad loc. and Pulleyn (2000) ad loc.


I follow West (1966) ad loc. who takes βλαπτοµένοις as a passive. I am happy to acknowledge the helpful advice of my colleague Coulter George, who generously read and commented on an earlier version, and the careful reading of Mnemosyne’s referee, who improved the argument.


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