critic known from Philodemus’ On Poems, Book I thought that, that poet
could be considered a great one who is able to write a fine poem even on
garlic. Horace did this in Epode 3, parodizing by this the extreme formalists
The paper analyses the different versions and understanding of the anecdote about Parmenon, who could imitate the squealing of the pig so excellently that he outdid the man who let squeal a real pig under his garment.
The aim of the present paper is to outline, briefly, what kinds of tendencies in intellectual history have had an impact on international Homeric scholarship in various ages and, mainly, to point out why in Hungary Homeric studies started relatively late and how they developed. Poets interpreted Homer rather quickly for themselves in harmony with the dominant ideas of various ages. Professional scholarship reacted slower, but by and by it made up its backwardness, now and then even superseding its models.
The paper offers a critical edition of Janus' translation, a comparison of this translation with Cicero's translation of the same passage and an analysis of its place among the translations of the period.