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Among the interpolations which modern criticism has suspected,
Interpolation.
there is one which is distinguished from the rest alike by extent and by importance. This is the passage, founded on Herodotus 3. 119, in Antigone's last speech. I concur in the opinion of those who think that this passage,—i.e., vv. 904-920,—cannot have stood in the text as Sophocles left it. The point is one of vital moment for our whole conception of the play. Much has been written upon it; indeed, it has a small literature of its own; but I am not acquainted with any discussion of it which appears to me satisfactory. In a note in the Appendix I have attempted to state clearly the reasons for my belief, and to show how the arguments on the other side can be answered.

This is the only passage of the play which seems to afford solid ground for the hypothesis of interpolation. It is right, however, to subjoin a list of the verses which have been suspected by the critics whose names are attached to them severally. Many of these cases receive discussion in the notes; but there are others which did not require it, because the suspicion is so manifestly baseless. It will be seen that, if effect were given to all these indictments, the Antigone would suffer a loss of nearly 80 verses.

  • Verses 4-6 rejected by Paley.
  • 5 Bergk.
  • 6 Nauck.
  • 24 Wunder.
  • 30 Nauck.
  • 46 Benedict.
  • 203 Herwerden.
  • 212 Kvíčala.
  • 234 Göttling.
  • 287 f. Nauck.
  • 313 f. Bergk.
  • 393 f., to be made into one verse, Nauck.
  • 452 Wunder.
  • 465-468 Kvíčala and Wecklein.
  • 495 f. Zippmann.
  • 506 f. Jacob.
  • 570 and 573, with a rearrangement of 569-574, Nauck.
  • 652-654, to be made into two verses, Nauck.
  • 671 f., to be made into one verse, Heiland.
  • 679 f. Heimreich.
  • 680 Meineke and Bergk.
  • 687 Heimreich, with “δή” for “μή” in 685.
  • 691 Nauck.
  • 838 Dindorf.
  • 851 Hermann.
  • 1045-1047, 1053-1056, 1060 f., Morstadt.
  • 1080-1083 Jacob.
  • 1092-1094 and 1096 f. Morstadt.
  • 1111-1114 Bergk.
  • 1159 Nauck.
  • 1167 Hartung.
  • 1176 f. Jacob.
  • 1225 Dindorf.
  • 1232 Nauck.
  • 1242 f. Jacob.
  • 1250 Meineke.
  • 1256 Nauck.
  • 1279 Bothe.
  • 1280 Wex.
  • 1281 Heiland.
  • 1301 Dindorf.
  • 1347-1353 F. Ritter.


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