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Doxographical Studies, Quellenforschung, Tabular Presentation And Other Varieties Of Comparativism

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Hermann Diels monumental Doxographi Graeci (DG) of 1879, is a splendid example of nineteenth-century Quellenforschung (QF). This chapter first sketches to what extent the DG is an instance of QF. It distinguishes between three main models, or forms, of QF. The first is the tracing back, or cutting up, of a single extant work, for instance the Iliad, to/into a plurality of sources; the hypothesis that the Homeric epics have been combined from a number of independent shorter poems to which other material was added later. The second is the tracing back of a plurality of extant texts, or parts thereof, to a hypothesized single (primary or intermediary) source. The third is the positing of a lost source or a combination of lost sources for an extant work, or a part of such a work, on the basis of a critical analysis of this text itself and, eventually, on hints.

Keywords: comparativism; Doxographi Graeci (DG); Homeric epics; Quellenforschung (QF)



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