Thursday, December 15, 2016


Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus: The Lacuna After Line 227

Sophocles, Ajax. Electra. Oedipus Tyrannus. Edited and Translated by Hugh-Lloyd Jones (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994; reprinted with corrections, 1997 = Loeb Classical Library, 20), p. 345 (bottom of page, from critical apparatus to Oedipus Tyrannus):

You might think, looking at the note, that "hunc v." (i.e. hunc versum) refers to line 221. You would be mistaken. It actually refers to line 227. Cf. the Greek on p. 346, where a lacuna is indicated after line 227:

The critical apparatus on p. 347 has an almost identical note:

The note at the bottom of p. 345 (from "post hunc v." onwards) should be deleted. The mistake persists in the Digital Loeb Classical Library.

I have the 1994 edition, in which the note appears only on p. 345, not on p. 347. The 1997 edition partially corrected the mistake, by putting the note on p. 347, where it belongs, but it also erroneously kept the note on p. 345. I would also give Groeneboom credit on p. 347 for detecting the lacuna. See Petrus Groeneboom, Studia praesertim critica et epicritica in Sophoclis Oedipum Regem (Utrecht: C.H.E. Breijer, 1898), p. 45. The critical apparatus in Sophocles, Oedipus Rex. Edited by R.D. Dawe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982), p. 38, says:
227 lacunam sequentem nescio quis primum statuerit.
Likewise in Dawe's revised 2006 edition, but the "nescio quis" is Groeneboom.

See also Bernd Manuwald, "Sophokles, OT 227-229," Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 154.1 (2011) 125-127.


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