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Multiform Epic and Aristarchus’ Quest for the Real Homer.
- a relatively most fluid period, with no written texts, extending from the early second millennium into the middle of the eighth century in the first millennium;
- a more formative or “pan-Hellenic” period, still with no written texts, from the middle of the eighth century to the middle of the sixth;
- a definitive period, centralized in Athens, with potential texts in the sense oftranscripts,  at any or several points from the middle of the sixth century to the later part of the fourth; this period starts with the reform of Homeric performance traditions in Athens during the régime of the Peisistratidai;
- a standardizing period, with texts in the sense of transcripts or even scripts,  from the later part of the fourth century to the middle of the second; this period starts with the reform of Homeric performance traditions in Athens during the régime of Demetrius of Phaleron, which lasted from 317 to 307 BCE;
- a relatively most rigid period, with texts as scripture,  from the middle of the second century onward; this period starts with the completion of Aristarchus’ editorial work on the Homeric texts, not long after 150 BCE or so, which is a date that also marks the general disappearance of the so-called “eccentric” papyri, to be defined later on in the discussion.