Correctors and Critics I

Alan Cameron

in The Last Pagans of Rome

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199747276
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866212 | DOI:
Correctors and Critics I

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The “editing” of classical texts has long been identified as one of the principal ways the pagan aristocracy of Rome tried to maintain and promote the old order. At the end of certain works (or individual sections or books within those works) some manuscripts preserve subscriptions—notes stating that some person with impressive sounding titles has “emended,” “reviewed,” or “checked” the text at such and such a time and place. Some of these subscribers are familiar names, and it is clear that many were members of the elite of their day. This chapter discusses Greek subscriptions, subscriptions by owners and other private subscriptions, subscriptions in manuscripts copied for friends, and subscriptions in newly copied texts.

Keywords: classical texts; pagan aristocracy; Roman aristocracy; Latin subscriptions

Chapter.  19714 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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