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Terentius Afer, Publius



Analysis of Content

[a1r] ‘Ephitaphium(!) Terentii.’ Claudia Villa, La “Lectura Terentii”, Studi sul Petrarca, 17 (Padua, 1984), 196; Riese, Anthologia Latina, I:II 40, no. 487; Baehrens V 385-6, no. 72; see Walther, Initia, 11627; Villa, “Lectura Terentii”, 46-7 for the transmission of this epigram; 270 n. 31 for fifteenth-century views on its authorship; 194-6 for its testimony of the life of Terence.

[a1r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha] of Andria. ‘Argumentum Andrie.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. An. On Sulpicius' verse summaries see J. N. Grant, Studies in the Textual Tradition of Terence (Toronto, 1986), 10. The summaries, together with Terence's plays, are presented as prose in this edition. For their introduction as ‘argumenta' in the manuscripts see Villa, “Lectura Terentii”, 113.

[a1r] Terentius Afer, Publius: [Andria]. ‘Prologus.’ Ter. An. This sequence of plays follows that of the Γclass of manuscripts; see M. D. R[eeve], in Texts and Transmission, 416; Grant, Textual Tradition, 19, 134-6. For the origins and transmission of the subscription ‘Calliopius recensui', after each play in this and most other incunables and manuscripts, and Renaissance speculations that Calliopius was a recitator, or that he revised the text, see Grant, Textual Tradition, 4; and Villa “Lectura Terentii”, 270 n. 31. On the manuscript transmission of Andria see Benjamin A. Victor, A New Critical Edition of Terence's ‘Andria’ (Ann Arbor, Mich., 1988); L. Ceccarelli, Primi sondaggi sulla tradizione manoscritta di Terenzio (L'Aquila, 1992). For bibliographical analysis of the incunables of Terence by country see Rhodes, ‘Térence au XVe siècle', 285-96.

[b7r] [Didascalia for Eunuchus.] ‘Acta ludis Magalensibus(!) L. Postumio Albino L. Cornelio Merula edilibus curilibus . . . M. Valerio G. Fauonio consulibus. Modos fecit Flaccus tibiis Claudis duabus dextris. Recitauit Caliopius'. Ter. Eu. didasc.; attesting the Megalesian Games of 161 BC as the date of first production; see OCD 1484. On the didascaliae (production notices) for Terence's plays see Dietrich Klose, Die Didaskalien und Prologe des Terenz, Diss. University of Freiburg, 1966.

[b7v] Terentius Afer, Publius: Eunuchus. ‘Prologus Enuchi(!)'. Ter. Eu., prologus.

[b8r] [Anonymous summary of] Eunuchus. ‘Argumentum Eunuchi'. Publius Terentius Afer, Comoediae, ed. S. Prete (Heidelberg, 1954), 178; Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France, XIV (1890), 458. See also Munk Olsen II 590, no. 66. For the eleventh-century origins and transmission of this anonymous prose ‘argumentum' see Villa, “Lectura Terentii”, 212-13 and n. 54, 239.

[b8r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Eunuchus.] ‘Argumentum.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. Eu.

[b8r] [Terentius Afer, Publius: Eunuchus.] Ter. Eu.

[d5v] [Didascalia for Hautontimorumenos.] ‘Acta ludis Megalensibus L. Cornelio L. Valerio Flacco aedilibus curulibus . . . M. Imno(!) T. Sempronio consulibus'. Ter. Hau. didasc.; attesting the Megalesian Games of 163 BC as the date of first production; see OCD 1484.

[d6r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Hautontimorumenos.] ‘Argumentum.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. Hau.

[d6r] Terentius Afer, Publius: Hautontimorumenos. ‘Prologus.’ Ter. Hau.

[e10v] [Didascalia for Adelphoe.] ‘Acta ludis funebribus Q. Fabio Maximo P. Cornelio Affricano edilibus curulibus . . . Antio Marco Cornelio consulibus'. Ter. Ad. didasc.; attesting Aemilius Paullus' funeral games of 160 BC as the date of first production; see OCD 1484.

[f1r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Adelphoe.] Sulp. Peri. Ter. Ad. The ending ‘ . . . exorato suo patre duro Demea' belongs to the ‘Calliopian' recension; see Villa, “Lectura Terentii”, 239.

[f1r] Terentius Afer, Publius: Adelphoe. ‘Prologus.’ Ter. Ad.

[g7r] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Hecyra.] ‘Argumentum.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. Hec.

[g7r] Terentius Afer, Publius: Hecyra. ‘Prologus Echire.’ Ter. Hec.

[i1r] [Didascalia for Phormio.] ‘Acta ludis Romanis L. Postumio Albino L. Cornelio Merula edilibus curulibus . . . G. Fanio M. Valerio consulibus'. Ter. Ph. didasc.; attesting the Roman Games of 161 BC as the date of first production; see OCD 1484.

[i1v] [Sulpicius Apollinaris, Gaius: Periocha of Phormio.] ‘Argumentum.’ Sulp. Peri. Ter. Ph.

[i1v] Terentius Afer, Publius: Phormio. ‘Prologus.’ Ter. Ph.


Imprint: [Strasbourg: Johann Mentelin, not after 1470]. Folio.


Collation: [a–d10 e12 f–i10 k8].

Remarks: Collation not as BMC.


ISTC: it00064000

Hain: CR 5736;

Goff: Goff T‑64;

BMC: BMC I 54;

Proctor: Pr 206;

Others: CIBN T‑56; Schorbach, Mentelin, 16; Sheppard 148.

LCN: 14100131


Copy number: T-021(1)

Leaf [a1v], l. 12: ‘[V]os iſtec intro auferte. abit. eſoſia. adeſdum | . . .' (`eſoſia' omitted by Schorbach).

Binding: Nineteenth-century marbled paper boards; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 294 × 220 × 26 mm.

Size of leaf: 284 × 206 mm.

Copious marginal and interlinear notes in a contemporary German hand, extracting key words and supplying synonyms, paraphrases, and long comments on the text which are not found in contemporary printed commentaries.

On [a1r] a five-line south German initial ‘S' is supplied in pink with acanthus scrolling; the area defined by the letter is painted blue with gold pen-work scrolling; the four corners at the outer edge of the letter supplied in gilt so as to form a square, from which extend tendrils and flowers in pink, green, yellow, and gilt into the inner and upper margins, with large gold dotting. Below, a four-line initial ‘P' is supplied in green with acanthus scrolling on a red ground with gold pen-work, with extensions into the inner margin. In the outer margin a trefoil of three leaves supplied in gilt, with black pen-work stems, emanating from a gold large dot. Similar decorations are supplied at the beginning of Hautontimorumenos, Adelphoe, and Phormio. Elsewhere two- to three-line German style initials, some with pen-work extensions into the margin, paragraph marks, capital strokes, and some underlining supplied in red.

Provenance: Purchased from Payne and Foss for £63; anonymous sale (6 Feb. 1832), lot 1084; see Library Bills (1829-32), no. 428 (15 Feb. 1832), and Books Purchased (1832), 22.

SHELFMARK: Auct. L 5.23.

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