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Dating Corinna

  • M. L. West (a1)

In CQ 20 (1970), 277–87, 1 argued for dating Corinna to the third century B.C. In my Greek Metre (1982), p. 141, I continued to assume this date, observing that not everyone accepted it but that I knew of no attempt to answer my arguments. I must confess to having overlooked at least one such attempt, by A. Allen in CJ 68 (1972/3), 26–8; and now M. Davies has mounted another in SIFC 81 (1988), 186–94, largely repeating Allen's points but with some new touches. Allen upholds the traditional fifth-century date. Davies has yet to come to a decision, but meanwhile he is eager to discredit what he regards as an unsatisfactory case for a Hellenistic dating.

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1 See my Studies in Greek Elegy and Iambus (1974), pp. 40ff., 149f.

2 CQ 28 (1978), 396f., connecting the word with ⋯ρ⋯ω and ειρω apparently approved by Davies, 187 n. 4.

3 Plut, . Glor. Athen. 348a.

4 The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, xxiii. 61.

5 Corinna (1953), 31 n. 1.

6 CQ 20 (1970), 286; cf. Greek Metre 141f.

7 Davies (189) gives no proper account of the metrical considerations at issue.

8 Formproblem- Untersuchungen zu den Reden in der frühgriechischen Lyrik (Zetemata 44, 1967), pp. 40f.

9 Theocritus (1971), lxvi.

10 IG 7. 1785 (= SIG 3 1117), 4240b, c, Paus. 9.27.5; Fiehn, , RE VI A. 45f.

11 Cf. Lefkowitz, M. R., The Lives of the Greek Poets (1981), pp. 64f.

12 See Page, , Corinna p. 73 n. 6.

13 Davies too (p. 194 n. 28) finds my scepticism ‘reasonable’.

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