Statius Silvae

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The Silvae of Statius have been preserved in one very corrupt fifteenth-century manuscript; in this new Oxford Classical Text, Professor Courtney takes the view, held by Klotz alone among editors but strongly supported by recent discoveries of new material, that this manuscript was identicalwith that seen by Politian. The difficulties are compounded by the author's mannerist style, which most modern editors have often misinterpreted as a defence for corrupt readings. For this text the editor has surveyed the scholarly literature on the Silvae in its entirety, and has often returned tothe judgements of the great seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Latinists in an effort to produce a readable text that does not ignore any difficulties.

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The Silvae of Statius have been preserved in one very corrupt fifteenth-century manuscript; in this new Oxford Classical Text, Professor Courtney takes the view, held by Klotz alone among editors but strongly supported by recent discoveries of new material, that this manuscript was identical with that seen by Politian. The difficulties...

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The Silvae of Statius have been preserved in one very corrupt fifteenth-century manuscript; in this new Oxford Classical Text, Professor Courtney takes the view, held by Klotz alone among editors but strongly supported by recent discoveries of new material, that this manuscript was identicalwith that seen by Politian. The difficulties ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 7.28 × 4.92 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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The Silvae of Statius have been preserved in one very corrupt fifteenth-century manuscript; in this new Oxford Classical Text, Professor Courtney takes the view, held by Klotz alone among editors but strongly supported by recent discoveries of new material, that this manuscript was identical with that seen by Politian. The difficulties are compounded by the author's mannerist style, which most modern editors have often misinterpreted as a defense for corrupt readings. For this text the editor has surveyed the scholarly literature on the Silvae in its entirety, and has often returned to the judgements of the great seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Latinists in an effort to produce a readable text that does not ignore any difficulties.

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'The apparatus is of superior quality in several respects. C. appears to have checked all references in earlier apparatuses and combined this with his own vast knowledge. This results in exact references for almost all humanist conjectures, which must earn C. the eternal gratitude of scholarsfreed from undertaking a difficult search for a conjecture by Lipsius or Salmasius. It is abundantly clear that the text, like everything else in this book, is a product of long thought, vast knowledge and attention to every detail ... important edition.'Harm-Jan van Dam, Mnemosyne, Vol. XLVII, Fasc. 3 (1994)