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Ilias Latina
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Baehrens attributed the name to a Latin poem that abbreviates Homer's Iliad to 1,070 hexameters. It is quoted by  Lactantius [2] Placidus in regard to Stat. Theb. 6,114 (121) under the name of Homerus, which also appears in the titles of most of the early medieval MSS. Later it is attributed to Pindarus for unknown reasons. The only other trace of the I.L. from antiquity is the imitation by  Dracontius [3]. The prologue (= Il. 1,1-7) offers the acrostic ITALICPS, the (non-Homeric) epilogue SCQIPSIT. The latter can easily be amended into SCRIPSIT, th…

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Courtney, Edward (Charlottesville, VA), “Ilias Latina”, 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 02 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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