The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Homeric Hymn to Apollo, 1711

C. Careya1

a1 University of St Andrews

Among the departures from the direct tradition in Thucydidesü quotation of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo at 3.104, perhaps the most interesting is line 171. The MSS of the Hymns give S000983880004221X_inline1 ET-iotacism). The majority of Thucydidesü MSS give S000983880004221X_inline2, but S000983880004221X_inline3 is corrected by a second hand in FJ and by the first hand in H to S000983880004221X_inline4. Each tradition exists in blissful ignorance of the other. In Aristidesü quotation of lines 169–72 (S000983880004221X_inline5 559D, p. 245 Keil), the MSS in general agree with the direct tradition of the Hymns: S000983880004221X_inline6 (S000983880004221X_inline7 A) (S000983880004221X_inline8. DU). But the reading in R is a correction. The original reading, which has been erased, was S000983880004221X_inline9. Aristides, who as his introductory remark shows (S000983880004221X_inline10 in Aristides clearly comes from Thucydidesü S000983880004221X_inline11) is quoting from Thucydides, appears to have read S000983880004221X_inline12 in his text of Thucydides, but this has been replaced at some stage in the tradition by S000983880004221X_inline13; the MSS tradition of Aristides has been ’corrected’ from the direct tradition of the Hymns. If Aristides had S000983880004221X_inline14 in his text of Thucydides, the corrected reading of FJH is not the


1 My thanks to Professor I. G. Kidd for reading and commenting on a first draft and to Mr R. C. M. Janko for vigorous discussion and encouragement.