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Did Aristarchus of Samothrace Influence Homeric Vulgate?

This study questions a widespread opinion that Alexandrian scholars did not influence Homeric vulgate (or at least did not influence it substantially), because the overwhelming majority of their readings was  absent from the manuscript tradition of  The  Iliad. This opinion is based on the calculations of Alexandrian readings made by Thomas W. Allen, and they are demonstrably  in need of revision. If we also take into account not-attested Aristarchean readings that are cited in Martin L. West’s edition of The  Iliad,  there will  be a strong tendency for them to agree with vulgate variants.  All those  adjustments  may  seriously affect  the proportion of Aristarchus–vulgate discrepancies. Moreover, it is not impossible that our vulgate is generally identical to the Aristarchean edition of The Iliad.