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On Good Authority
Tradition, Compilation and the Construction of Authority in Literature from Antiquity to the Renaissance

R. Ceulemans, P. De Leemans (eds.)
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470 p., 1 colour ill., 15 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-55479-2
Languages: English, French, German
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This book brings together views from various disciplines on the concept of authority in Greek and Latin literature from Antiquity to the Renaissance. More specifically it deals with the questions how texts attempt to gain authority, and if and how they use—or abuse—earlier writings in the construction of their own authority. Moreover, this volume examines to what extent a text’s authoritative claims influence its transmission and reception and how these claims themselves are subject to evolution over time. In this context, special attention is devoted to compilation literature (such as anthologies and commonplace books), which is characterized by extensive use of existing source material and thus specifically poses the problem of the role played by compilers in transmitting and establishing authority. The volume contains 15 articles in which the contributors discuss various cases and texts that illustrate the different factors at stake in dealing with and constructing authority.

Reinhart Ceulemans is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the Department of Greek Studies of the KU Leuven.

Pieter De Leemans is professor at the De Wulf-Mansion Centre for Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Philosophy (KU Leuven) and academic secretary of the Aristoteles Latinus project.
Table of Contents



Bernard FLUSIN, Un auteur impérial : Constantin Porphyrogénète
Ilse DE VOS, The Manuscript Tradition of the Quaestiones ad Antiochum ducem


Sébastien MORLET, Aux origines de l’argument patristique ? Citation et autorité dans le Contre Marcel d’Eusèbe de Césarée
Jaap MANSFELD, Aristotle in the Doxographical Tradition (But Not Aristotle Alone)
Ulrike KENENS, ‘Look Not Into the Pages of Homer’. Creating Authority through Source References in Ps.-Apollodorus’ Bibliotheca
Eva DE RIDDER & Katrien LEVRIE, Capita Literature in Byzantium


Shari BOODTS, Florus of Lyons’ Expositio epistolarum beati Pauli apostoli and The transmission of Augustine’s Sermones ad populum
Luciano BOSSINA, Autorschaft und Autorität in der Katenenliteratur
Erika GIELEN, Remember Joseph Rhakendytès. Authorship and Authority in the Synopsis of Joseph the Philosopher


Jacqueline HAMESSE, « Florilège » et « autorité » : deux concepts en évolution depuis l’Antiquité jusqu’à la Renaissance
Sophie DELMAS, Les recueils de distinctions sont-ils des florilèges ?
Laurent WAELKENS, Le Décret de Gratien, un florilège de textes juridiques des années 1130
Marijke CRAB, Valerius Maximus Christianus
Erik DE BOM, ‘Tis all mine and none mine!’ Justus Lipsius and his Influence on Political Commonplace Books
Isabelle DRAELANTS, Le De iudiciis uirtutum et uitiorum d’Arnold de Saxe : un florilège moral sous forme de disputatio

Index of names
Index of manuscripts

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Palaeography, Scripts & Manuscript Studies
General palaeographical studies
Cyrillic scripts & Byzantine manuscripts
Roman scripts & Western manuscripts
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek literature
Greek literature of the Early Christian church
Byzantine Greek literature
Latin literature
Early Christian & Patristic Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature
Humanistic Latin literature
Neo-Latin literature

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