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HesperosStudies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday$
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P. J. Finglass, C. Collard, and N. J. Richardson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285686.001.0001

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Night Thoughts (Archilochus 23 and 196a West)

Night Thoughts (Archilochus 23 and 196a West)

(p.95) 7 Night Thoughts (Archilochus 23 and 196a West)

Eric Handley

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Fragment 23 IEG and the Cologne Epode (196a IEG) of Archilochus. Fragment 23 is the end of an iambic poem preserved in P.Oxy. 2310 (vol. 22, 1954), first edited by Mr Edgar Lobel. From where it becomes comprehensible, at the end of line 7 of the surviving text, the speaker of the verses, ostensibly the poet representing himself, gives his reply to a woman whose words he has just finished quoting. He sets out to turn aside the bad things that she has heard people say. In the Cologne Epode (196a IEG), first published by Merkelbach and West (1974), again presents the latter part of a conversation between the speaker, ostensibly the poet, and a woman on whom, after an initial rebuff, he is once again exercising his arts of persuasion. In reply to his advances, she reminds him that there is someone else at home that he should think of.

Keywords:   Archilochus, iambic poem, Cologne Epode

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