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The Homeric Text


June 13, 2011 by John Bremer

The conventional text of Homers 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 261272

omit

total 12 lines

lines 319-429 transpose to 492

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Book 2.

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lines 5386

omit

lines 99100

total

omit

lines 111119

34 lines

2 lines

omit

9 lines

lines 139141

omit

3 lines

lines 144210

omit

67 lines

lines 299330

omit

32 lines

lines 360368

omit

9 lines

lines 455483 transpose to 786


line 558

omit

1 line

line 741

omit

1 line

lines 816877

Book 3.

omit

line 144

omit

line 224

1 line

omit

Book 4.

1 line

lines 5556

omit

lines 382398

omit

lines 446451

omit

Book 5.

62 lines

2 lines
17 lines
6 lines

line 57

omit

1 line

lines 449453

omit

5 lines

lines 543549

omit

7 lines

Book 6.
lines 150205

Book 7.

lines 130141

omit
omit

12 lines
56 lines

lines 132160

omit

29 lines

lines 336343

omit

8 lines

line 353

omit

1 line

line 380

omit

1 line

line 433465

omit

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Book 8.

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lines 160211

omit

52 lines

lines 224226

omit

3 lines

line 277

omit

1 line

lines 332334

omit

3 lines

lines 466468

omit

3 lines

lines 539541

omit

3 lines

lines 557558

omit

2 lines

Book 9.

lines 5762

omit

6 lines

lines 448478

omit

31 lines

lines 524599

omit

76 lines

Book 10.

lines 1579

omit (whole book) 579 lines

Book 11.

lines 223231

omit

9 lines

line 515

omit

1 line

line 542

omit

1 line

lines 550555

omit

6 lines

line 661

omit

1 line

lines 669761

omit

93 lines

Book 12.
lines 175181

Book 13.

lines 131140 transpose to line 174


omit

lines 266294

7 lines

omit

29 lines

lines 345357

omit

13 lines

lines 685700

omit

16 lines

line 731

omit

1 line

line 749

omit

1 line

Book 14.
line 269

lines 115125
omit

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11 lines
1 line
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line 318

omit

1 line

line 320

omit

1 line

line 322

omit

1 line

lines 324325

omit

2 lines

Book 15.

lines 281305

omit

25 lines

lines 367380

omit

14 lines

lines 427493

omit

67 lines

lines 504505

omit

2 lines

lines 515591

omit

77 lines

Book 16.

lines 367371

line 581

omit

5 lines

omit

lines 614-615

1 line
omit

2 lines

lines 689690

omit

2 lines

line 736

omit

1 line

Book 17.

lines 108261

line 585

1 line

omit

5 lines

lines 3949

omit

lines 200-201

11 lines

omit

lines 603605

Book 19.

154 lines

omit

lines 612616

Book 18.

omit

2 lines

omit

3 lines

line 77

omit

lines 95136

omit

1 line
42 lines

lines 175180

omit

6 lines

lines 184237

omit

54 lines

lines 282302

omit

21 lines

Book 20.

lines 153155

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omit

3 lines
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lines 213240

Book 21.

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omit

line 158

lines 205298

28 lines

omit
omit

1 line
94 lines

lines 385514 transposed to Bk 20, after line 155


line 510

omit

1 line

Book 22.

line 121

omit

1 line

Book 23.

lines 629646

omit

18 lines

Book 24.

lines 322348

omit

27 lines

lines 351468

omit

118 lines

lines 602620

omit

19 lines

lines 677694

omit

18 lines

line 790

omit

1 line

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

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