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This chapter focuses on Nicander's commentary on Colophon's Theriaca. Whether or not Theriaca is the original title as given by the poet himself cannot be decided with any certainty. According to Bühler it is likely that Hellenistic poets titled their poems themselves, especially since many of them were engaged in philology. The actual treatment of the subject matter of the Theriaca, the account of snakes and measures against their attacks, starts in 21. The first twenty lines can be divided into two separate parts: a proper proem, and a mythological transition. The proper proem consists of the introduction of the subject, the address to the pupil, clarifying the relationship between the speaker and the addressee, a declaration of the teacher's intentions, and future praise of the addressee, once he shares the learning of the teacher.

Keywords: Bühler; Colophon's Theriaca; philology



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