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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.

List of contributors: Alexander Andrée, Shari Boodts, Monica Brinzei, Christian Brockmann, James Brusuelas, Iacopo Costa, Giulia Ecca, Lorenzo Ferroni, Marina Giani, Michael McVaugh, Sara Menzinger, Fausto Montana, Lara Pagani, Chris Schabel, Stefan Schorn.

Table of Contents

Shari Boodts, Pieter De Leemans & Stefan Schorn, Reflections on Editing Commentaries on Authoritative Texts

Iacopo Costa, Plurality of Redactions and Access to the Original: Editing John of Jandun’s Questions on Aristotle’s Rhetoric

Michael McVaugh, Hippocrates at Montpellier

Marina Giani, Textual Features and Editorial Challenges Posed by the Liber glossarum: Some Remarks on the Quotations from Augustine's De Genesi ad litteram

Fausto Montana, Editing Anonymous Voices: The scholia uetera to the Iliad

Alexander Andrée, Unlocking the sacra pagina: Editing the Biblical Gloss with the Help of its Medieval Users

Giulia Ecca, Editing the Lemmata of Galen’s Commentary on the Hippocratic Aphorisms, Book 5

Lorenzo Ferroni & Gerd Van Riel, Editing Lemmas in the Second Book of Proclus’ In Timaeum

Christian Brockmann, Helpful Interactions between Commentary and Text: Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics and Important Manuscripts of this Treatise

Monica Brînzei & Chris Schabel, Critically Editing a So-Called “Sentences Commentary”

Sara Menzinger, The Past, the Others, Himself: The Open Dialogue of a Medieval Legal Author with his Text

James H. Brusuelas, The Authority of Being Useful: Servius on and off the Page

Lara Pagani, Papyrus Commentaries on the Iliad

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography

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