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Introduction

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 Odyssey

This online publication offers a new text edition of the Byzantine scholar and rhetorician Eusthathius of Thessalonica’s Commentary on the Odyssey, composed during the latter half of the twelfth century CE. The Commentary collects material from a wide range of different sources which explain or expand on words, phrases and ideas in the Homeric epic. 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. This is the first complete critical edition of the text, and the first translation of it into a modern language.

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.

Commentary on the Odyssey

Eric Cullhed (University of Uppsala) and S. Douglas Olson (University of Minnesota) offer an up-to-date standard text, critical, citation and source apparatus, and English translation. The preface and the commentary on books one through four are now available. Two further books will be added annually. The expected date of completion is 2030.

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