Friday, January 18, 2013


Ban the Obelus

G.P. Goold, review of P. Ovidii Nasonis Epistulae Heroidum quas Henricus Dörrie ... edidit (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1971), in Gnomon 46 (1974) 475-484 (at 482):
No editor of classical texts nowadays has the sense or courage to ban the obelus: imagine a road-repairer who insisted on keeping holes in a highway or a music conductor who silenced his orchestra whenever doubt arose about the composer's intentions. Let us return to the old-fashioned practice of editing texts lectorum in usum.

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