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Sicut dicit: Editing Ancient and Medieval Commentaries on Authoritative Texts

S. Boodts, P. De Leemans, S. Schorn (eds.)
approx. 300 p., 6 b/w ill. + 5 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58649-6
Languages: English
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This volume explores the methodological challenges associated with the editing of commentaries on authoritative texts.

The manifold commentaries on the authoritative texts of Antiquity and the Middle Ages are increasingly being recognized as witnesses to a rich tradition of cultural reception and intellectual engagement. This renewed interest goes hand-in-hand with an increased demand for critical editions of the texts in question. However, the genre of the commentary presents a number of specific, sometimes unique challenges to the editor.

An ancient or medieval text that comments on another one is inevitably shaped by it. The commentary can cite the commented work or copy its structure and regularly the two are presented together on the page, leading to complex relations between the texts and the manner of their presentation. Modern scholarship on the authoritative text that is commented on will often find it useful to consider the commentary. Vice versa, the editor of the commentary cannot turn a blind eye to the text commented on. Especially in the case of authoritative texts, both the commented text and the commentary usually have a complex transmission history.

This volume explores the methodological challenges associated with the editing of commentaries on authoritative texts and shows their potential for the textual constitution of the latter ones. Bringing together twelve case studies spanning Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages, on texts written in Greek and Latin from a variety of fields, including literature, theology, philosophy, medicine, and law, the volume offers a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on commentaries on authoritative texts and the editors’ work to accurately reconstruct and present them.

Table of Contents

Reflections on Editing Commentaries on Authoritative Texts (Shari Boodts, Pieter De Leemans & Stefan Schorn)
Plurality of Redactions and Access to the Original: Editing John of Jandun’s Questions on Aristotle’s Rhetoric (Iacopo Costa)
Hippocrates at Montpellier (Michael McVaugh)
Textual Features and Editorial Challenges Posed by the Liber glossarum: Some Remarks on the Quotations from Augustine's De Genesi ad litteram (Marina Giani)
Editing Anonymous Voices: The scholia uetera to the Iliad (Fausto Montana)
Unlocking the sacra pagina: Editing the Biblical Gloss with the Help of its Medieval Users (Alexander Andrée)
Editing the Lemmata of Galen’s Commentary on the Hippocratic Aphorisms, Book 5 (Giulia Ecca)
Editing Lemmas in the Second Book of Proclus’ In Timaeum (Lorenzo Ferroni & Gerd Van Riel)
Helpful Interactions between Commentary and Text: Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics and Important Manuscripts of this Treatise (Christian Brockmann)
Critically Editing a So-Called “Sentences Commentary” (Monica Brînzei & Chris Schabel)
The Past, the Others, Himself: The Open Dialogue of a Medieval Legal Author with his Text (Sara Menzinger)
The Authority of Being Useful: Servius on and off the Page (James H. Brusuelas)
Papyrus Commentaries on the Iliad (Lara Pagani)

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography

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