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Aporhvmata @Omhrikav (now lost except for a few fragments). Porphyry’s work is exegetical in nature and consists not of a linear commentary but of a series of essays that use discussion of specific passages to make larger points about Homeric interpretation. Only the first book survives in its original form, in a single fourteenthcentury manuscript. Almost all the material in this manuscript is also found, in a very similar form, in the bT scholia to Homer, showing that one of the major sources of these scholia was Porphyry’s work, which was probably systematically cut up and rearranged as scholia at a relatively late date.

Many D scholia are very short and appear as interlinear glosses in A (and other manuscripts), but others are more substantial and take their place in the margins of A. The D scholia have diverse origins and form a heterogeneous group, but there is no doubt that much of the material in them is very old, for there are remarkable similarities between the D scholia and Homeric scholarship found on papyri; in fact such similarities are much more frequent with the D scholia than with A or bT scholia.

Xxvi–xxx. 7. Unfortunately, these numbers are omitted from the TLG version of the text, which instead gives references by page and line of Van der Valk’s edition. 8. Also known as Apollonius son of Archibios, but to be distinguished from all the other Apollonii involved with ancient scholarship. 3 OTHER SOURCES OF ANCIENT SCHOLARSHIP 25 ancestors of the D scholia, and, indirectly, Aristarchus’ commentaries. Apollonius’ lexicon is for us one of the most important works of Greek lexicography, for it is a key source of information on ancient understandings of Homer’s vocabulary and how Homer was read in antiquity.

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