Published: Oct. 8, 2018

Jarrett Welsh
Associate Professor at the University of Toronto

Monday, 8th October
4:30 pm - HUMN 135
Old Latin writing on papyrus

No work of late-antique scholarship can rival Nonius Marcellus’ De compendiosa doctrina for the sheer number of Latin literary fragments it preserves, a distinction owed to the fact that Nonius worked from a collection of forty texts, excerpting them and mechanically assembling the remendous riches it contains. Intermingled with Nonius’ collection of republican literature were several imperial-era scholarly works, as Lindsay (1901) demonstrated. Whereas Nonius’ citations of Lucilius (e.g.) have long been studied for information about the state of that text, the scholarly texts—Lindsay’s ‘glossaries’—have attracted less attention. Consideration of the quotations assigned to those glossaries, however, can tell us much about the methods of those scholarly texts and, in turn, can provide valuable guidance for the modern editor (Welsh [2012, 2013] on Nonius’ third glossary shows the kind of information to be recovered).

This event is free and open to the public. It is made possible by funding from GCAH, CWCTP & the Department of Classics.

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