"Once something is textualised..." - that's true of course. But for me the greatest idea in West's Making of the Iliad (and probably in the Odyssey book too, when we'll have it) is to problematise the very process of textualisation without calling everything that's out of place an interpolation.Scribo wrote:I agree with your other post too, once something is textualised then it is open to the same level of variation as everything else (though occasionally Homeric papyri seem to reflect contact with a living tradition, no?) and this why Nagy's evolutionary model fundamentally fails. Textual criticism at times is like a much needed enema for Classicists I swear lol.
And yes, probably the papyri reflect living tradition too - rhapsodic interpolation and all that.