Eustathius' commentary on Homer's Odyssey (CH. 1379-1397)
Eustathius' Commentary on Homer's Odyssey is preserved in two manuscripts
(Parisinus Graecus 2702 and Marcianus Graecus 460). The latest edition of the work
by G. Stallbaum in two volumes (1 : 1825, 2: 1826) is a printed reproduction of the first
edition by N. Maioranus in 1550 which was the first attempt of comparative study of
the two manuscripts. Since then, there has been no complete edition based on the
scientific comparison of both manuscripts and although Stallbaum's edition corrects
some minor editorial mistakes, it does not offer a text based on a full study of both
manuscripts; furthermore, it preserves a substantial number of mistakes and it does
not provide the reader with neither an apparatus criticus or testimonia. Additionally,
there are neither comments nor any translating remarks which could help the
understanding of the text.
The aim of my research is to accomplish a comparative study of both manuscripts
of Eustathius' Commentary on Homer's Odyssey and to provide a full edition of a
sample of text (chapters 1379-1397). Hence, my PhD thesis is divided in three parts:
the introduction, the text and the fontes and testimonia.
The introduction is divided in five chapters:
1. The first chapter provides background information on Eustathius' life and
2. In the second chapter I discuss the chronological order of Eustathius'
Commentaries on the Iliad and the Odyssey.
3. The third chapter is a complete comparative study of the codices; there is an
analytical description of both codices (treating matters like the use of ink, the
marginal notes, the information acquired in the first and last pages) and a
comparative examination of their physical features; the combination of the
external evidence together with a short description of the history of the
manuscripts and an evaluation of their quality provide the reader with some
useful conclusions on their relationship (including a stemma of the codices
and the suggestion for an Archetype theory).
4. The fourth chapter treats the subject of Eustathius as a commentator and it
deals with problems like his interpretative method and terminology and his
allegorical interpretative strategy.
5. In the fifth chapter, there is the identification of Eustathius' sources.
6. And finally in the sixth chapter, there is a short discussion ofEustathius' style
The introduction is followed by the edition of the text ofEustathius' Commentary
on the Odyssey (1379-1397), with an apparatus criticus based on the comparative
study of the manuscripts, the editio princeps and Stallbaum's edition. The edition of
the text also provides the reader with testimonia together with some comments and
translating remarks on the most problematic passages.