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Studies In The Cantica Of Euripides’ Rhesus

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This chapter presents the studies in the Cantica of Euripides' Rhesus. Current orthodoxy inclines to deny the Euripidean authorship of Rhesus, though the editor of the Oxford Text is merely doubtful. Not untypical is the view of C. Collard, who in 1981 summarily assessed the status of Rhesus as: 'suspect in antiquity, but still thought by some to be genuine and an early work ? Most likely it is a c. 4 BC confection, passed off as E'.s play'. The chapter adds something usefully to A. M. Dale's analyses and Ritchie's discussions, partly as tending to support the traditional attribution of Rhesus to Euripides' early period, and partly as including some further discussion of particular metrical and/or textual issues. Some recognition is due also to Giovanna Pace's recent study of the colometry (-ies) attested in the manuscripts.

Keywords: Rhesus; A. M. Dale; Cantica; Euripides; Oxford Text; Ritchie



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