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G. the myth of Pandora, ‘But Zeus concealed it [sc. men’s food], angry because Prometheus’ crooked cunning had tricked him’ (W&D 47–48). g. g. by West (1978: 23). Phocylides is a different case because the recurring halfline ‘And the following is by Phocylides too’ (fr. 1 etc. Gentili-Prato) in function resembles the introductory narrator-text. ’ fr. 283 M-W). Further parallels to W&D may be found in Parmenides and Empedocles and their narratees (anonymous and Pausanias, respectively). In both cases, the fragmentary status precludes a decision about the presence or absence of a framing narrative.

F. de Jong The primary narrator Our first acquaintance with the Homeric narrator1 is deceptive: in the proems of both epics (Il. 1–7 and Od. 1–10) he steps forward openly. This suggests an overt narrator, who will make clear his presence as a narrating and focalizing subject throughout. However, after the proems the narrator largely withdraws into the background. Even the proems themselves, upon closer inspection, yield little information about the persona of the narrator: neither name nor place nor date.

But its effect is rather odd, which may be the reason why the other poets avoid it altogether. , h. 9, 14, 17, 19, 20, 31, 32, 33; cf. Hom. Il. 1, Od. 1, Hes. W&D. 1. A third type begins with an invocation of the god to whom the hymn is dedicated: h. g. Richardson 1974: 3), 21, 24 and 29. Dem. Ap. Herm. Aphr. 54 (in all eight cases the adverb tote ‘then’). Herm. 125–126, 508. Cf. the notorious hoioi nun brotoi passages in Homer (→). 7 On the Hymn to Apollo, which is exceptional in several respects, see below; the other exceptions are h.

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