Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts

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Edited by: Manfred Landfester
The Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts gives a clear overview of authors and Major Works of Greek and Latin literature, and their history in written tradition, from Late Antiquity until present: papyri, manuscripts, Scholia, early and contemporary authoritative editions, translations and comments.

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Columella, Lucius Iunius Moderatus

(809 words)

Author(s): Landfester, Manfred
1st cent. AD; Roman agricultural writer. Works Columella’s principal work is the agricultural treatise De re rustica; the manuscripts contain an isolated book De arboribus between books 2 and 3 of De re rustica, which must be treated as part of a separate, shorter manual on agriculture. Manuscripts Only two manuscripts are preserved from before the 15th cent. (both with gaps); they offer the best text. Roughly 40 codices containing the complete text date from the 15th cent.; additionally, there are ca. 20 manuscripts with excerpts. The gaps i…

Comici Graeci

(252 words)

Author(s): Landfester, Manfred
Works Collection of fragments of Greek comedies; apart from eleven comedies by Aristophanes [3], and five fairly complete comedies by Menander [4], the works of other Greek dramatists are preserved only fragmentary form. The most important comedic writers are, for Doric comedy: Epicharmus; for Attic Old Comedy: Eupolis, Cratinus [1], and Plato [2]; for Attic Middle Comedy: Antiphanes [1], Anaxandrides, and Alexis; and for Attic New Comedy: Diphilus [5], Philemon [2], and Apollodorus [5] of Carystus. Papyri Significant discoveries have been made since the end of the 19th …


(165 words)

Author(s): The Editors
Anja Bettenworth, Münster Anne Pinkepank, Göttingen Barbara Kuhn-Chen, Frankfurt Christa Frateantonio, Marburg Charles Lohr, Freiburg Christian Schulze, Bochum Dennis Pausch, Gießen Elsa-Maria Tschäpe, Göttingen Ferdinand Prostmeier, Gießen Jan Bollansée, Leuven Josef Loessl, Cardiff Jessica Ott, Gießen Jessica Wißmann, Iowa City Kai Brodersen, Mannheim Keno Backer, Göttingen Klaus-Dietrich Fischer, Mainz Leonie Hagelberg, Göttingen Markus Stein, Düsseldorf Manfred Landfester, Gießen Meike Rühl, Göttingen Mechthild Siede, Trier Mirjam Vischer, Mainz Matthias We…

Corpus Iuris Civilis

(1,991 words)

Author(s): Landfester, Manfred
Designation for the collection and codification of the Roman Law created in AD 528–534 by Emperor Iustinianus [1]; the name was first used by Dionysius Gothofredus in his edition of 1583. Works The Corpus Iuris Civilis consists of four parts: (1) the Codex, (2) the Digesta, (3) the Institutiones, and (4) the Novellae ( Constitutiones) as an appendix. (1) The Codex comprises the Imperial Constitutions ( constitutiones), including: imperial edicts ( edicta), decrees ( decreta), written administrative and judiciary notifications ( epistulae), directions addressed to officials ( manda…

Ctesias of Cnidus

(480 words)

Author(s): Landfester, Manfred
5th/4th cent. BC; Greek writer and author of historical narratives. Works Of his three attested works ( Indiká; Persiká; Períodos), the specific qualities of the Description of the Earth ( Períodos) are impossible to assess. By contrast, the History of India ( Indiká) and the History of the Persians ( Persiká), though lost as complete works, can be sufficiently reconstructed from extensive fragments (excerpts and paraphrases) in the works of Diodorus [18] Siculus, Nicolaus [3] of Damascus and Photius [2]. Ctesias’ Indiká is an ethnographical work, while his Persiká established the …

Curtius Rufus, Quintus

(636 words)

Author(s): Pausch, Dennis
1st cent. AD; Roman Historian. Works Historical work on Alexander the Great in 10 books. Manuscripts A single Late Antique codex that is no longer extant survived into the Middle Ages. By way of another late 8th cent. manuscript, which is also lost, it laid the foundations for the manuscript tradition, which split into two families in the 9th cent. There are numerous manuscripts that date from the 12th cent. that have received little later attention from scholars. Translations Curtius Rufus was translated relatively early and quite frequently; by the year 1500 there was on…