Wednesday, August 03, 2016


Borrowing and Belfast Greek

M.L. West, review of Victor J. Matthews, Panyassis of Halikarnassos: Text and Commentary (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1974), in Classical Philology 71.2 (April, 1976) 172-174  (at 174):
Fragment 26: the word πέμματα already occurs in Solon frag. 38.3. There is no reason why Panyassis, any more than Herodotus, should have "borrowed" the word from Stesichoros. I can use the word "handbag" without having borrowed it from Oscar Wilde.
Fragment 28: Matthews suggests πῶς δὲ πορευθῇς, "how are you to cross?": Belfast Greek.
Cruel. Matthews studied under George Huxley at Queen's University Belfast.

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