On the Authenticity of Eur. Or. 1384

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Abstract

According to the scholia, Apollodoros of Cyrene considered Eur. Or. 1384 to be a stage instruction interpolated into the text, and many modern editors follow him. A survey of the previous studies of the passage shows that acceptance of Apollodoros’ version requires a series of improbable assumptions, whereas acknowledgement of the verse’s authenticity does not involve serious difficulties. A new argument against Apollodoros’ hypothesis is proposed in this paper: namely, the exact meaning of such a stage instruction cannot be explained adequately. A direction to sing the text to a melody by Olympos is impossible: if the music of Euripides still existed, it would not be substituted and, even if the original music did not survive, such a complex lyrical part could not be sung to a melody not specially composed for it. As an indication of the mood of performance, the line would prove to be too obscure. It is improbable that Euripides himself composed the verses to a famous melody, because the music of Olympos was
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-223
JournalPhilologus
Volume159
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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