Notes on Stesichorus’ Proverbial τρία

In: Mnemosyne
Elisabetta Pitotto Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Studi umanistici (StudiUm)

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This article aims at re-assessing the proverb which hints at Stesichorus’ τρία (ἔπη/μέρη) and takes ignorance of them as a symbol of indisputable ἀμουσία. Phrasing and meaning of the proverb are discussed; based on the different explanations given in the manuscript testimonia and on the elements implied by the proverb itself, I then argue that the proverb had multiple meanings from the beginning. The survival of the proverb also provides clues to the diachronic fortune of the poetic persona under Stesichorus’ name and to the awareness of the triadic responsion over time.

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