Abstract

This paper seeks to determine the extent to which the commentator of the late antique commentary on Statius’s Thebaid knew Homer and to establish the main sources for that Homeric knowledge. The article identifies three main ways that the commentator had access to the "supreme classical poet": (1) memory (forged by early study of Homer), (2) lexica and encyclopedias, and (3) Vergilian scholarship. Analysis of these three areas indicates that the commentator had only limited familiarity with Homer’s poems and that he likely had not read Homer since schooling.

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