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(Μαργίτης/Margítēs < μάργος/márgos, ‘mad’). Greek mock epic. First attributed it to Homerus [1] by Aristotle (Poet. 1448b 30ff.; Eth. Nic. 1141a 14) on the basis of literary-historical considerations. Probably to be dated in the 6th cent. BC at the earliest (the note of the Byzantine commentator Eustratios CAG 20 p. 320,36 that Archilochus and Cratinus had already testified to the Homeric origins is without significance; the quote in Ps.-Pl. Alc. 2, 147c is not by Aristotle). The Margites is written in hexametres combined with (occasional?) iambic lines (c…

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Glei, Reinhold F. (Bochum), “Margites”, 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 30 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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