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Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, Volume 9

Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries, Annotated Lists and Guides

In publication since 1960 and now in its ninth volume, the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum furnishes concrete evidence of when, where, and how an ancient author was known and appreciated in monastic, university, and humanist circles. Each article presents a historical survey of the influence and circulation of a particular author down to the present, followed by an exhaustive listing and brief description of Latin commentaries before 1600 on each of his works. For Greek authors, a full listing of pre-1600 translations into Latin is also provided. Sources of translations and commentaries include both printed editions and texts available only in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

In the newest addition to the series, Volume IX, four authors are treated in separate articles: Epictetus, Gregorius Turonensis, Plinius Caecilius Secundus, and Propertius. The articles present four fascinating authors whose literary impact is extensive.

As one of the three major representatives of the so-called New Stoa, Epictetus captures in his works the main ethical ideas of ancient Stoicism. Pliny the Younger's letters were well known during the Middle Ages and repeatedly quoted and commented upon during the Renaissance. Propertius and the genre of Roman love-elegy inspired a vast number of humanist poets, from Petrarch and Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini to Panormita, Pontano, and Marullo. Finally, the roster of works left by Gregory of Tours reveals an author of wide interests in history, hagiography, biblical exegesis, and astronomy. Gregory's history of the Franks and books of miracles were quarried for material throughout the Middle Ages by other historians, as well as canonists and preachers. A list of addenda and corrigenda to four previously published articles (Ps. Cebes, Pomponius Mela, Silius Italicus, Solinus) concludes the volume.


Virginia Brown was professor of Latin palaeography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. She died in the final stages of the preparation of this volume. Though most of the credit for preparing the present volume belongs to Professor Brown, it was seen through the press thanks to the efforts of the CTC's new editor in chief, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, associate fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, with the help of the associate editors James Hankins, professor of history at Harvard University, and Robert A. Kaster, Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature at Princeton University. Contributors to the volume include Gerard J. Boter, Lucia A. Ciapponi, John J. Contreni, Mary Ella Milham, Frances Muecke, and Douglas F. S. Thomson.


"As were its predecessors, this is a tremendously impressive and important work. All four of the main articles, Boter on Epictetus, Contreni on Gregory of Tours, Ciapponi on Pliny the Younger, and Thomson on Propertius, come up to the high standards of CTC articles. Virginia Brown and her co-editors have done an excellent job in maintaining the quality of this series."—John Monfasani, Professor of History, SUNY Albany

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