Book Series Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, vol. 13

Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries: Annotated Lists and Guides. Volume XIII

Greti Dinkova-Bruun

  • Pages: xxxix + 364 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2020

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-953-5
  • Hardback
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“From the publication of its first volume in 1960, the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum has proved itself an indispensable resource for students of the afterlife of classical literature. In clear yet learned articles, its contributors trace the reception of particular authors or texts, especially in the Renaissance and early modern period, taking into account both manuscripts and early printed editions. This thirteenth installment, ably edited by Greti Dinkova-Bruun, includes two new contributions. Eric MacPhail covers the Greek Sophists, including Gorgias, Antiphon, and Critias, as well as Prodicus’s influential parable on the Choice of Hercules. The majority of the volume consists of Harald Anderson’s magisterial treatment of Statius, surveying the vast reception of his Thebaid and unfinished Achilleid, joined in the Renaissance by the newly rediscovered Silvae. As always, the articles are complemented by comprehensive indices, including for the first time an index of mythological figures. Judiciously laying out what is known and providing a vital stimulus to future work, this volume is a worthy addition to its distinguished predecessors.” — Gregory Hays, University of Virginia


Founded in 1946 by Paul Oskar Kristeller, the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum has become an indispensable research tool for scholars interested in the history of the classical tradition in the West during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Each article treats a separate classical author, beginning with a detailed essay on the author’s reception from antiquity to A.D. 1600 and, in some cases, even up to the present day. This ‘Fortuna’ is followed by a comprehensive list both of manuscript and printed commentaries on each Latin author and, in the case of Greek authors, a list of Latin translations as well.

Since the publication of the first volume in 1960, the Catalogus has published articles on nearly a hundred classical authors, with dozens more in active preparation. The project boasts an international team of contributors from fourteen countries in Europe and North America. Given the ever-growing interest in the history of classical reception across departments of English, European languages, and comparative literature, the foundational scholarship that is the hallmark of the CTC has become more vital than ever to research in the humanities.

Volume 13 contains two articles, both major contributions of considerable length: the first on the ancient Greek sophists, the second on the Roman poet Publius Papinius Statius.


Preface, by Greti Dinkova-Bruun • vii
Preface to Volume I, by Paul Oskar Kristeller • xv
General Bibliography • xxiii
Abbreviations • xxxvii

Greek Authors
Ancient Greek Sophists, by Eric M. MacPhail (Indiana University)

Latin Authors
Publius Papinius Statius, by Harald Anderson (Reston, VA, USA)

Index of Ancient and Medieval Authors and Works
Index of Mythological Figures
Index of Manuscripts
Index of Translators and Commentators
Index of Ancient Authors Treated in Volumes I–XI and XIII