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τὸ Ὁμηρικὸν ζήτημα α´· τίς ὁ Ὅμηρος;
January 16, 2016

Α. Χαῖρε, ὦ φίλτατε. τί καθ᾽ἑκάστην τὴν ἡμέραν κάθησαι ἐν τῇ βιβλιοθήκῃ; ἢ οὐκ οἶσθα ὅτι ἡ κόνις βλάψει τοὺς πλεύμονάς σου; πρὸς δὲ τούτοις ἴσασι πάντες ὅτι ἡ σαπρότης ἀπὸ τῶν ἀρχαίων τε καὶ κατασηπομένων βιβλίων γιγνομένη πόλλους σοφοὺς πεποίηκε μαινομένους. καὶ δῆλον ὅτι οὐ συχνὸν βλέπεις τὸ τῆς ἡμέρας φῶς. χλωρὸς γὰρ εἶ. ἀλλ᾽ἄγε, εἰπέ μοι, τί ἀναγιγνώσκεις;

Β. Χαῖρε καὶ σύ, ὦ βέλτιστε. ἴσως οὐκ ἂν σὲ βλάψαι τὸ πλείω βιβλία  ἀναγιγνώσκειν. ἐγὼ μὲν ἑτοῖμός εἰμι ὁμολογεῖν οὐ πάνυ ἰσόρροπον διάγειν βίον, σὺ δὲ οὐ πολλῷ ἱσορροπώτερον. αἰεὶ γὰρ σὺν γυναιξὶ διατρίβεις τὰς ἡμέρας συγγιγνόμενος καὶ τὸν μὲν Διόνυσον ἐν τοῖς τε καπηλείοις ὑμνῶν καὶ ταῖς τῆς πόλεως ὁδοῖς, τὸν δὲ Ἀπόλλονα ἀμελῶν. ἀλλά σοι ἐρῶ· τῆν πρώτην τῆς Ἰλιάδος ἀναγιγνώσκω ῥαψῳδίαν.