Monday, March 07, 2016
Citations for autoschediasm
It is of course possible that Eur. indulges in autoschediasm … and freely invents the monument, but more likely he conveys a contemporary tradition which, for whatever reason, Aristodemus could not verify in his day …
As a specimen of Greek trickery this does not strike us as very inspired; only an imbecile would have been taken in by it. I suspect that it is an autoschediasm of Pherecydes', and that the pad was suggested to him by that metope of the temple of Zeus at Olympia …
Origin of autoschediasm
Autoschediasm can ultimately be traced back to the Greek terms autós meaning "self" and schédios meaning "near, casual, offhand." It entered English in the mid-1800s.