Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature

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Edited by: Christine Walde
In collaboration with: Brigitte Egger

The Reception of Classical Literature , a Supplement to Brill’s New Pauly gives an overview of the reception and influence of ancient literary works on the literature, art and music from Antiquity to the present.

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Valerius Flaccus (Gaius Valerius Flaccus Setinus Balbus), Argonautica

(3,383 words)

Author(s): Vollhardt, Leslie
A. Life and work Little is known of the man who rejoiced in the full name of Gaius Valerius Flaccus Setinus Balbus. That little is known from an observation by the teacher of rhetoric Quintilian, who in his Institutio oratoria laments V.’ recent death and the great loss it constituted (Quint. Inst. 10,1,90: Multum in Valerio Flacco nuper amisimus). The date of Quintilian’s work places the death of V. in the years leading up to AD 95. The proemium (Val. Fl. 1,5–7) to the Argonautica ( Arg.), the sole surviving work of V., also contains a reference to the poet’s membership of the p…

Varro (Marcus Terentius Varro, Reatinus), De lingua Latina

(3,026 words)

Author(s): Wachter, Rudolf
A. Author and work Six books (5–10) are extant of the original 25 De lingua Latina (= L.L.; a systematic presentation ‘On the Latin Language’) by Marcus Terentius Varro (116–27 BC), whom Cicero called homo polugraphṓtatos (approx. “a highly productive author”; Cic. Att. 13,18,2) and Augustine homo omnium facile acutissimus et sine ulla dubitatione doctissimus (“by far the most perspicacious and without any doubt the most learned of all men”; Aug. Civ. 6,2) [5.1179]; [4.83f.]. The most important MS, F, the Cod. Laurentianus latinus 51.10 (fol. 2–34), made at Monte Cassino i…

Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)

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Author(s): Günther, Sven
A. Author and work Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus was a senior Roman official ( vir illustris), who according to one group of MSS was probably responsible for the finances of the Imperial court as comes sac[rar]um [largitionum]. He composed a treatise of military theory in four books, the Epitoma rei militaris (= Mil.; ‘Epitome of Military Science’), and is also regarded as the author of the Digesta artis mulomedicinae (= Mul.; ‘Digest of the arts of healing mules’; also Mulomedicina for short), a veterinary treatise in three books. These are followed by a fourth book, the Epitoma de cur…