Excerpt from On Post-Epic, or Imitative Words in Homer
On the theory of late compilation we expect to find mistakes as to the meaning of very ancient words, and great liberties taken in coining others on the same model 3 for the later rhap sodists may have been good poets and... yet bad philologers. I hope to be able to show that such errors (if it is not presumptuous to call them so) are both numerous and grave. The marvel, to my mind, is that they have so long been accepted as genuine, and that modern criticism has made no serious onslaught upon them. The result of the inquiry, as it appears to me, is very damaging to the received Opinions about the remote antiquity of our Homeric texts.
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