compiles a wish list of classical manuscript finds
, and challenges other classics bloggers to make their own lists. I feel odd making such a list, because I have not read lots of surviving classical literature, most of which is therefore "lost" to me. Nevertheless, here is my idiosyncratic list:
- The plays of the Greek comic dramatist Diphilus. Some of these served as models for surviving plays by Plautus and Terence.
- The works of the Cynic philosopher Bion of Borysthenes. See Diogenes Laertius 4.44-58 for tantalizing samples.
- The Atellan farces of L. Pomponius.
- Cicero's Hortensius, which inspired St. Augustine (Confessions 3.4.7).
- The missing or incomplete books of Tacitus' Annals.
I look forward to Sauvage Noble
's list. Maybe it will start with Livius Andronicus' translation of the Odyssey
, but maybe not, because all those new Saturnians would delay completion of his dissertation.