Show Less
Restricted access

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.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Richard Tarrant - The protohistory of the text of Horace


| 223 →

Richard Tarrant

The protohistory of the text of Horace

The transmission of the text of Horace represented by extant manuscripts begins in the ninth century, but the text found in manuscripts from that time and later contains a number of elements that did not originate with Horace but that came into existence in the centuries following his death.

This paper will focus on three of those non-authorial elements in an effort to fill in some of the history of the text between Horace himself and the earliest surviving witnesses. The elements in question are (1) the tituli attached to individual poems in the manuscript tradition; (2) the presence of interpolated verses in part or in all of the manuscript tradition; and (3) the order in which Horace’s works are arranged in the manuscript tradition and in modern editions. I shall argue that these non-authorial elements derive from ancient editions of Horace. Precise dating is impossible, but it is clear that the developments in question all took place before the end of the ancient world1.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.