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By Joseph Conrad

The tale of a dull-witted yet compassionate English woman who falls in love with a wierd guy from jap Europe. This ignorant, wild, and romantic peasant from the Carpathian Mountains has been solid up by way of the ocean, the one survivor from an emigrant send sure for the US. not able to talk a note of English and completely mystified as to the place he is—it could have been the USA or Hell, itself—he leads a wretched and hunted life until eventually the opportunity kindness of Amy Foster opens his eyes.

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Too P. 101 aKovovTL Trot, 'they 50 hear, I suppose'. Gf. Aristot. ^Vnooai8—21. 52 An example from a non-mystical context occurs in Euripides' Alkestis, where the chorus console the death-bound Alkestis with the words, 'farewell; may chthonian Hermes and Hades receive you kindly. 53 More and less credulous conceptions can exist side by side. 56 The world of Homer's dead is a bleak one, the prospect of death is made tragic and pathetic. 57 The suggestions of polemic in various Homeric passages argue rather 51 H.

89 The public aspect of epinicians is frequently emphasized in the odes. In /. 8, for instance, we find the significant phrase yXvKv rt Sa^cocro^e^a, 'let us sing something sweet before the people'; Stesichorus, traditionally regarded as a choral poet, had earlier used the noun Sa^co^ara for 'songs sung in public' (212 PMG). 90 The overriding impression is thus that this is public poetry. This sits well, of course, with the assumption of choral performance of the odes, and of festivals as an occasion for their performance.

Oxy. :8, correcting 2 0. 2 Inscr. Theron died in 472 BG (Diod. 1). i VS. For hi to metempsychosis, see 31 6115, 117, 127, 146 VS. For his adherence to Pythagoras, see 31 6129 VS. Gf. Demand 1975. Magna Graecia shows considerable interest in Pythagorean and Bacchic beliefs in the Classical period; apart from Pythagoras at Groton and Empedokles at Acragas, Bacchic gold leaves have been found at Hipponion, Thurii, and west Sicily (Frel 1994). See Solmsen 1982: 19 and n. 3; Parker 1995: 501; Riedweg 1995: 36.

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