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From the Protohistory to the History of the Text


Javier Velaza

This volume contains the papers of the colloquium Protohistory of the Text, which took place on 28 and 29 November 2013 at the Universitat de Barcelona. Each paper is devoted to the transmission of a major classical Latin text. The contributors are distinguished scholars from around the world such as Paolo Fedeli, Peter Kruschwitz, Marc Mayer, Stephen Oakley, Oronzo Pecere, Antonio Ramírez de Verger and Richard Tarrant. They discuss texts ranging from the comedies of Plautus and Terence through the writings of Cicero, Livy and Virgil to the Historia Augusta. Their papers review existing scholarship and offer new insights into the transmission of these texts and especially into their protohistory, the phase of their history that precedes the earliest surviving manuscripts.
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Xavier Espluga - Cicero. Speeches. An overview


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Xavier Espluga

Cicero. Speeches. An overview

Since Roman times Cicero – a source for purity of the Latin language and a milestone in the Roman intellectual history1 – has been widely read, studied, praised, criticized and imitated. Scholars – then as now – have edited and commented profusely on Cicero, both for didactic and scholarly purposes2. Their activity led to the existence of many different editions of which very little has survived. Certainly, many indirect quotations of Cicero’s speeches – signs of the utilization of Cicero’s text, mainly by grammarians3 – are at our disposal. Some ancient documents – scrolls or codices either in parchment or papyrus – have survived. Still, this considerable documentation is just a tiny fragment of a building once rich, various and diverse.

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