Correctors and Critics II

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 II

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This chapter argues that the hundreds of corrected literary papyri from Hellenistic and early imperial times without signed subscriptions suggest that it was not untill the 4th century that they first appeared. Subscriptions in Latin manuscripts earlier than this were surely likewise normally unsigned. With the exception of Statilius Maximus's edition of Cicero, the only Latin subscriptions that can be dated earlier than the 4th century document the work of professional calligraphers, not correctors. What mattered was not who corrected the manuscript, but simply the fact that the job had been done, and that could be discovered from a bare di (orthōthē) or emendavi.

Keywords: classical texts; manuscripts; Fronto palimpsest; Latin subscriptions

Chapter.  22294 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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