The Halieutica, Ascribed to Ovid

The Halieutica, Ascribed to Ovid

The Halieutica, Ascribed to Ovid

The Halieutica, Ascribed to Ovid

Excerpt

This edition of the Halieutica has been condensed from portions of the Ph.D. thesis I submitted to the University of London in 1957. It contains the materials on which any discussion of the authorship must be based, and, although I believe Ovid was not the author, I have tried to preserve an open mind while preparing my text. Few indeed will read the Halieutica for its literary excellence, since it has practically none, but the short poem is a not unimportant one for scholars. This book is published to provide them with a detailed critical and philological discussion of the many problems in which it abounds. The metrical difficulties, however, and the tangled question of the sources are problems the solution of which must depend on the text as established by the use of internal evidence, and such external evidence as does not involve the assumption of the author's identity. These problems require a lengthy treatment, which would spoil the proportion of this book if they were included. Furthermore they are special problems that must interest only a fraction of the many readers who may have occasion to refer to the Halieutica. Hence I have reserved them for discussion elsewhere. There are several excellent modern works on classical ichthyology, and consequently I have refrained from burdening my commentary with information which may readily be obtained from them.

I could never have undertaken the preparation of this work had I not been awarded a post-graduate studentship by the University of London, and I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing my appreciation. It is fitting that I should also indicate my obligations to the kindness and help of the following scholars. Professor O. Skutsch, of University College London, suggested the subject, guided my research, helped me in innumerable matters of detail, criticized the work at every stage, and has left me indebted to him, both as a friend and a scholar, to a degree that makes not only repayment but even . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.