Stuff the Suda Says: Messing With Homer’s Iliad

According to the Byzantine Encyclopedia, the Suda,  an early poet named Pigres created his own version of the Iliad:


“Pigres was from Halicarnassus, a brother of Artemisia, who was conspicuous among his enemies, the wife of Mausôlos.
He inserted into the Iliad after each line an elegiac line, composing in the following way:

‘Goddess, sing the rage of Peleian Achilles.
For you, Muse, possess the limits of all wisdom.’

He also wrote the Margites and the Batrakhomuomakhia which were misattributed to Homer.”

Πίγρης, Κὰρ ἀπὸ ῾Αλικαρνασοῦ, ἀδελφὸς ᾿Αρτεμισίας, τῆς ἐν
τοῖς πολέμοις διαφανοῦς, Μαυσώλου γυναικός•
ὃς τῇ ᾿Ιλιάδι παρενέβαλε κατὰ στίχον ἐλεγεῖον, οὕτω γράψας•

μῆνιν ἄειδε, θεά, Πηληϊάδεω ᾿Αχιλῆος,
μοῦσα, σὺ γὰρ πάσης πείρατ’ ἔχεις σοφίης.

ἔγραψε καὶ τὸν εἰς ῞Ομηρον ἀναφερόμενον Μαργίτην καὶ Βατρα-

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