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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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Javier Velaza - The protohistory of the text of Martial


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Javier Velaza

The protohistory of the text of Martial

In a book on the protohistory of the text, Martial deserves a special attention at least for three reasons: first of all, because only few classical authors mention in their text explicitly and repeatedly the range of ways to publish and spread their works during their lifetime; in the second place, because the manuscripts containing his epigrams have been classified in three groups, not only for stemmatic reasons or based on a comparative analysis of their variants as usual, but due to structural criteria; and finally, because considering precisely the two preceding reasons, Martial’s text has been explored by renowned philologists such as Lehmann or Lindsay who were after one of the most prickly and controversial phenomena of the textual tradition: the variants of the author himself. My goal will be reviewing the status of the issue and analyze the real elements we have to describe the history and the protohistory of the epigrammatist’s text.

1. The codices

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