Saturday, May 31, 2014


Commentaries on Fragments

J. Linderski, review of Gary Forsythe, The Historian L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi and the Roman Annalistic Tradition (Lanham: University Press of America, 1994), in American Journal of Philology 117 (1996) 329–332 (at 330), rpt. in Roman Questions II. Selected Papers (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2007), pp. 299-302 (at 300):
A commentary on a fragmentary work normally requires much more space than a commentary on a fully surviving author. In a surviving author the context for every piece of information is automatically provided; for fragments the historical and literary context of each piece has to be divined by a modern commentator.

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