By Christos Tsagalis
The previous few a long time have obvious the improvement of recent serious tools with which the poetic and rhetorical dimensions of historical Greek texts might be evaluated. during this quantity, a world staff of special students comes jointly to envision how quite a lot of old texts in numerous genres have been capable of assert their authority and claims to fact, usually alluding to each other in refined methods as they tried to undertaking their very own superiority. a sequence of illuminating new readings is accessible of either specific passages and full works within the mild of those new serious advances
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Yet mnēsasthai has a no less strong affinity with battle words like alkē as has menos, as appears from such common formulas as ἀνέρες ἐστε, φίλοι, μνήσασθε δὲ θούριδος ἀλκῆς “be men, my friends, and ‘remember’ furious strength”, ἀλλὰ μνησώμεθα χάρμης, “but let us ‘remember’ battle”, and μνήσαντο δὲ χάρμης, “they ‘remembered’ battle”. This “remembering” is not retrieval from memory, but the reaching of a certain vigorous disposition. 14 At the same time, this remembering is acting on the impulse of something: the genitive object of the verb denotes the source from which one draws menos.
In addition to the double meaning attributed to the lines of the poem explained to and reserved for the initiated, the writing processes of citation as well as the discursive and interpretative modes of the anonymous author are not very far from those of the practitioners of Alexandrian scholarship. 33 Following the model of Alexandrian literary philology, the verses commented upon in the Derveni Papyrus are presented as actual lemmas; they are often followed by a hoti (“because”) formula that explains why the poetic expression should or should not be understood to have a certain meaning.
37 From the enunciative point of view, the explication is introduced as a general assertion by a hoti that, in the procedure mentioned, refers this one-truth to the revelation through Orpheus’ voice that “speaks” (leg[ōn] dēloi hoti…): “through an outpouring”. Through the intervention of Aphrodite, this past surge of particles in the air is passed on to the present of “existing things” and to their mingling in a generalized sexual union. The entire argument is encompassed by a ring structure that can be found in other explanations.
Allusion, Authority, and Truth: Critical Perspectives on Greek Poetic and Rhetorical Praxis by Christos Tsagalis