The Homeric Text

The conventional text of Homer’s ILIAD and its adjustment for the proposed Panathenaic text.

The received Homeric text of the Iliad (as in the Oxford Classical Texts series, edited by Monro and Allen) contains 15693 lines, distributed as follows:

Book 1                                    611 lines              Book 13                        837

Book 2                                    877                        Book 14                        522

Book 3                                    461                        Book 15                        746

Book 4                                    544                        Book 16                        867

Book 5                                    909                        Book 17                        761

Book 6                                    529                        Book 18                        617

Book 7                                    482                        Book 19                         424

Book 8                                    565                        Book 20                        503

Book 9                                    713                        Book 21                         611

Book 10                                  579                        Book 22                        515

Book 11                                   848                        Book 23                        897

Book 12                                    471                        Book 24                        804

 

Richmond Lattimore for his translation of the Iliad used this Greek text with two exceptions. His Book 11 had 847 lines and his Book 18 had 616 lines; these two one-line differences mean that his total text had 15691 lines, not the 15693 of the OCT.

Resolving this text into 45 cantos, each of 300 lines, is accomplished by removing lines or passages deemed spurious or interpolations by various critics and editors, both ancient and modern. The largest of the excisions is, obviously, Book 10, the so-called Doloneia. The complete list of excisions and transpositions is as follows (all numbers inclusive):

Book 1.            lines 261—272                        omit                        total    12 lines

lines 319-429  transpose to 492

 

Book 2.            lines 53—86                                    omit                        total             34 lines

lines 99—100                                     omit                                                2 lines

lines 111—119                        omit                                                9 lines

lines 139—141                         omit                                                3 lines

lines 144—210                        omit                                               67 lines

lines 299—330                         omit                                             32 lines

lines 360—368                        omit                                                 9 lines

lines 455—483 transpose to 786

line 558                                    omit                                      1 line

line 741                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 816—877                        omit                                               62 lines

 

Book 3.            line 144                                    omit                                      1 line

line 224                                    omit                                      1 line

 

Book 4.            lines 55—56                                    omit                                      2 lines

lines 382—398                        omit                                               17 lines

lines 446—451                        omit                                      6 lines

 

Book 5.            line 57                                                omit                                      1 line

lines 449—453                        omit                                      5 lines

lines 543—549                        omit                                      7 lines

 

Book 6.            lines 130—141                        omit                                    12 lines

lines 150—205                        omit                                    56 lines

 

Book 7.            lines 132—160                        omit                                    29 lines

lines 336—343                        omit                                      8 lines

line 353                                    omit                                      1 line

line 380                                    omit                                      1 line

line 433—465                                    omit                                    33 lines

 

Book 8.            lines 160—211                        omit                                    52 lines

lines 224—226                        omit                                      3 lines

line 277                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 332—334                        omit                                      3 lines

lines 466—468                        omit                                      3 lines

lines 539—541                        omit                                      3 lines

lines 557—558                        omit                                      2 lines

 

Book 9.            lines 57—62                                    omit                                      6 lines

lines 448—478                        omit                                    31 lines

lines 524—599                        omit                                    76 lines

 

Book 10.            lines 1—579                                    omit (whole book)    579 lines

 

Book 11.            lines 223—231                        omit                                      9 lines

line 515                                    omit                                      1 line

line 542                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 550—555                        omit                                      6 lines

line 661                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 669—761                        omit                                    93 lines

 

Book 12.            lines 131—140 transpose to line 174

lines 175—181                        omit                                      7 lines

 

Book 13.            lines 266—294                        omit                                    29 lines

lines 345—357                        omit                                    13 lines

lines 685—700                        omit                                    16 lines

line 731                                    omit                                      1 line

line 749                                    omit                                      1 line

 

Book 14.            lines 115—125                        omit                                    11 lines

line 269                                    omit                                      1 line

line 318                                    omit                                      1 line

line 320                                    omit                                      1 line

line 322                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 324—325                        omit                                      2 lines

 

Book 15.            lines 281—305                        omit                                    25 lines

lines 367—380                        omit                                    14 lines

lines 427—493                        omit                                    67 lines

lines 504—505                        omit                                      2 lines

lines 515—591                        omit                                    77 lines

 

Book 16.            lines 367—371                        omit                                      5 lines

line 581                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 614-615                                    omit                                      2 lines

lines 689—690                        omit                                      2 lines

line 736                                    omit                                      1 line

 

Book 17.            lines 108—261                        omit                                  154 lines

line 585                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 612—616                        omit                                      5 lines

 

Book 18.            lines 39—49                                    omit                                    11 lines

lines 200-201                                    omit                                      2 lines

lines 603—605                        omit                                      3 lines

 

Book 19.            line 77                                                omit                                      1 line

lines 95—136                                    omit                                    42 lines

lines 175—180                        omit                                      6 lines

lines 184—237                        omit                                    54 lines

lines 282—302                        omit                                    21 lines

 

Book 20.            lines 153—155                         omit                                      3 lines

lines 213—240                        omit                                    28 lines

 

Book 21.            line 158                                    omit                                      1 line

lines 205—298                        omit                                    94 lines

lines 385—514 transposed to Bk 20, after line 155

line 510                                    omit                                      1 line

 

Book 22.            line 121                                    omit                                      1 line

 

Book 23.            lines 629—646                        omit                                    18 lines

 

Book 24.            lines 322—348                        omit                                    27 lines

lines 351—468                        omit                                  118 lines

lines 602—620                        omit                                    19 lines

lines 677—694                        omit                                    18 lines

line 790                                    omit                                      1 line

These omitted lines total 2191 which, when subtracted from Lattimore’s 15691 lines, yields 13500 lines, that is, 45 cantos times 300 lines.