Art of History on Jesus by George Peter Gatsis

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It is unfortunately impossible to make sense from the 18 surviving letters. 24 BARRY B. POWELL We ought to be surprised at jocose and witty metrical exchange recorded at the very beginning of alphabetic literacy, but more surprising is an apparent deliberate reference to Homer's Iliad- unless one thinks that Homer's jape about a garrulous septuagenarian, able to lift huge cups, was common poetic fare. If the inscription refers to the text we know as the Iliad, or to a public performance based on that text, we have in the Cup of Nestor inscription a terminus ante quem for the text of our Iliad.

From that point on, we can apply a model of literary production, imitation; and interpretation of a sort relevant to subsequent periods of European literature. c. and so stimulated a book trade of unprecedented scale to meet a demand for uniform texts of Homer-we find citations and a few papyri that provide testimony to the existence of considerably longer texts of the poems. , we have only a handful of citations in Herodotus (11 verses), Thucydides (who cites as 'Homer's' one line from the Iliad and 13 from the Hymn to Apollo), and Aristophanes (whose quotations are problematic, subject as they are to comic distortion), along with a few'' tlomeric phrases in Democritus and the Hippocratic corpus.

61'1100 1\ A A • lie, /vi n ,,(l k. p 110 N. :t: oV,. ; J. . x px (1 9 (1 x. ::t A a :::l '0"";''1:])'183 :t:. 4 x zai 10 ~ ') 7 d. c. bX z 9 Phocn. shape b. ,x a. I ~rnl. J.. n. Il q C. C1~ t TOU T Z y X T T Y v cp X X "t' 't' 'I' Jl. t OIl. t w. :;, 114ya P P U) 16 BARRY B. POWELL retained as the Greek character named u (later upsilon) = [v] and placed at the end of the series after tau. The arbitrary nature of the adapter's assignments are clear from the parallel adaptation of West Semitic writing to record Iberohispanic, where the Iberian inventor fashioned a syllabary consisting of signs for consonant + vowel, with five signs for pure vowels.

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