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The Early Textual History of Lucretius' De rerum natura

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  • This is the first detailed analysis of the fate of Lucretius' De rerum natura from its beginnings in the 50s BC down to the creation of our earliest extant manuscripts during the Carolingian age. A detailed investigation of the knowledge of Lucretius' poem among writers throughout the Roman, and subsequently the medieval, worlds allows fresh insight into the work's readership and reception, and an assessment of the value of the indirect tradition for editing the poem. The first extended analysis of the 170+ subject headings (capitula) that intersperse the text reveals the close engagement of Roman readers. A fresh inspection and assignation of marginal hands in the poem's most important manuscript provides new evidence about the work of Carolingian correctors and the basis for a new Lucretian stemma codicum. Further clarification of the interrelationship of Renaissance manuscripts of Lucretius gives additional evidence of the poem's reception in fifteenth-century Italy.

    • The first critical survey of the first thousand years in the transmission of a truly unique work in ancient literature
    • Provides a new and detailed analysis of the various correcting hands in the most important Lucretian manuscript, thereby allowing for the construction of a new stemma codicum on which future critical editions of the poem should be based
    • Presents new evidence on the rediscovery and circulation of Lucretius in Renaissance Italy
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    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 10 tables
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  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. A sketch of the extant Lucretian manuscripts
    2. The indirect tradition of Lucretius
    3. The capitula of DRN
    4. The correcting hands of O
    5. The marginal annotations of Q1
    Conclusion
    Appendix 1. Capitula Lucretiana
    Appendix 2. Apparatus fontium Lucreti (ante a.d. millesimum)
    Appendix 3. The corrections and annotations of O
    Appendix 4. The foliation of the Lucretian archetype
    Appendix 5. The fate of OQS in the early modern period.

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    David Butterfield is a Fellow of Queens' College and Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge.

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