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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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A. Ramírez de Verger - The sources of the editions of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (The example of Met. 6.401–674)


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A. Ramírez de Verger

The sources of the editions of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (The example of Met. 6.401–674)

Since the task of drawing up a reliable history of the transmission of the text of the Metamorphoses would appear to be inviable with the testimonies at our disposal today1, I have chosen rather to sketch a description of those editions which have represented either an improvement or a deterioration as far as Ovid’s text is concerned. I have concentrated on observing how the editors have used the manuscripts they had at hand, and questions of sense and usage, in establishing the text of lines 401–674 (the brief transition fable of Pelops and the long tale of Tereus, Procne and Philomela), while leaving to one side the prose summaries of these fables, the so-called Narrationes Lactantianas2. The reason is a simple one: I am concentrating on the textual study of the sixth book in the framework of an Ovid Project3 in which the aim is to do likewise with the whole work. The results should therefore not be expected to be definitive, since it is more of a first draft or the initial brush-strokes of a portrait which I hope to see finished in a few years’ time.

Aetas natalis (1471–1501)4

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