Brill's companion to Roman tragedy by George W. M. Harrison

By George W. M. Harrison

Till the Renaissance the centrality of Roman tragedy in Western society and tradition used to be unchallenged. experiences on Roman Republican tragedy and on Imperial Roman tragedy through the members were directing the gaze of scholarship again to Roman tragedy. This quantity has objectives: first, to illustrate that Republican tragedy had a much more critical function in shaping Imperial tragedy than is at present notion, and particularly almost certainly extra vital than Classical Greek tragedy. moment, the impression of different Roman literary genres on Roman tragedy is larger than has previously been credited. experiences on von Kleist and Shelley, Eliot and Claus aid reconstruct the traditional Roman degree through exhibiting how moderns had concept to alter it for modern aesthetics.

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Editing Roman ( Republican ) Tragedy 5 15 Order and Arrangement of Fragments The order of fragments is an issue also on a broader level. Once all fragments to be assigned to a particular tragedy have been collected, the question arises of how to arrange them. Jocelyn and TrRF follow an approach based on the information in the transmitting authors and order the fragments chronologically according to the dates of these writers and / or works (in case of fragments quoted by several authors, going by the earliest), thereby documenting transmission and reception and indicating when and by whom particular tragedies were known and mentioned.

Et Serv. auct. ad Virg. Aen. 241; Rufin. Comp. , pp. ; GL VI, pp. 15 K. Editing Roman ( Republican ) Tragedy 5 15 Order and Arrangement of Fragments The order of fragments is an issue also on a broader level. Once all fragments to be assigned to a particular tragedy have been collected, the question arises of how to arrange them. Jocelyn and TrRF follow an approach based on the information in the transmitting authors and order the fragments chronologically according to the dates of these writers and / or works (in case of fragments quoted by several authors, going by the earliest), thereby documenting transmission and reception and indicating when and by whom particular tragedies were known and mentioned.

The sections quoted by Cicero consist of several passages of a few lines each, but as there is no testimonium that quotes them all, the order of the pieces is uncertain, and editors have suggested different versions, either organizing them according to the chronology of the transmitting texts or according to the presumed interpretation of how Andromacha’s thoughts develop. Clearly, not only the identification of fragments, but also their order in a micro-context can present major problems. 12 Cf.

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