A critical analysis of the Scholia Demosthenica on the First Olynthiac
The thesis consists of a critical analysis of the scholia Demosthenica on the First Olynthiac. The merits of the scholia are discussed through an examination of the different traditions of scholia on the speech. The thesis also contains a discussion of the value of the prolegomena Ulpiani and its relationship to the scholia proper. It is apparent that the author of the prolegomena was aware of different interpretations of the speech which have, in some cases, been preserved in the scholia. The sources of the scholia are examined and certain individuals have been identified as posible authors. Of particular interest is the possiblity that Menander Rhetor may be the author of a long unified commentary which is found in one codex. The influence of the Alexandrians appears to be less significant than is widely held. A summary of the development of commentaries and the function of scholia within that tradition is also provided. The thesis offers a complement to general works on rhetoric. The comments contained in the scholia and prolegomena are found to be perceptive and provide a fresh approach to the study of Demosthenes' speeches. There are clear indications that the scholia Demosthenica have been undervalued in the past.