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Commentary on the Iliad

This is the online version of the complete critical edition by Marchinus van der Valk of Eusthathius of Thessalonica’s Commentary on the Iliad, composed during the latter half of the twelfth century CE published in hard copy by Brill between 1971–1987. The Commentary collects material from a wide range of different sources which explain or expand on words, phrases and ideas in the Homeric epics. Original comments are blended with extracts from earlier commentators, especially the Homeric scholia. The text is an important source for fragments of otherwise lost works of ancient literature, for the history of exegesis and lexicography, and for Byzantine cultural history.

Commentary on the Iliad

This edition traces the development of the text from its origins in Constantinople to its final redaction in Thessalonica, noting additions made by Eustathius to the margins of his own working manuscript. The online version includes van der Valk’s extensive Latin preface and an extensive source and critical apparatus.

This edition of Eustathius of Thessalonica, Commentary on the Iliad follows the pagination (physical structure) of the sixteenth century edition by Nicolaus Majoranus. This also applies to the Commentary on the Odyssey.

An edition based on the physical structure of the printed Van der Valk edition - its volumes, pages, and lines - can be downloaded here. This file is in CTS-compliant TEI XML. Please bear in mind that it contains no text-critical or other annotations.