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Four-man Commentary
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(‘Viermännerkommentar’) Modern term for a commentary, presumably early Byzantine, on the ‘Iliad’, being a compilation of the four exegetes of Homer  Aristonicus [5],  Didymus [1], Aelius  Herodianus [1] and  Nicanor [12] (cf. the subscription of the individual books of the Iliad in the Cod. Venetus A). The four-man commentary provides information on the factual and linguistic interpretation of Homer, as well as on the decisions of textual criticism of the Alexandrians in the circle of  Aristarchus [4] of Samothrace, and forms (alongside the exegetical  scholia) t…

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Matthaios, Stephanos (Cologne), “Four-man Commentary”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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