Friday, December 18, 2015


Explanation of an Error

T. Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. Edited with Introduction and Commentary by William Ellery Leonard, Stanley Barney Smith (1942; rpt. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1970), p. 204 (on 1.50: quod superest, [ut] uacuas auris animumque sagacem):
[ut]. The erroneous intrusion seems to have arisen from a repetition and transposition of the final letter of superest and the initial letter of uacuas.
An unlikely explanation. A simpler and more likely explanation is that superest is often followed in Latin by ut.

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