Aulus Gellius: Attic Nights, Books 11-20 (Auli Gelli Noctes Atticae: Libri XI-XX)

ISBN : 9780199695027

Leofranc Holford-Strevens
384 Pages
123 x 123 mm
Pub date
Nov 2019
Oxford Classical Texts
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  • A new critical edition of Aulus Gellius' Noctes Atticae, superseding the previous Oxford Classical Text published in 1968
  • Re-examines the manuscripts and revises our understanding of their interrelations
  • Draws on a thorough reconsideration of the indirect tradition to restore readings discounted due to lack of support in the direct tradition
  • Presents a text more heavily emended in both Latin and Greek, rejecting erroneous readings and interpretations
  • Supplemented by a companion volume, Gelliana, which discusses in further detail the choice of readings in passages marked with an asterisk in the edition

This new critical edition of Aulus Gellius' Noctes Atticae by Leofranc Holford-Strevens is intended to replace the previous Oxford Classical Text by Peter K. Marshall, published in 1968 but soon superseded by Marshall's own later discoveries as well as by other scholarship. Based on a thorough reconsideration of the manuscripts, of the indirect tradition, and of both the Latin and the Greek text, this new edition utilizes manuscript evidence unknown to previous editors, refines the standard account of relations between the earlier manuscripts, and distinguishes between readings in the later manuscripts derived from an older lost witness and those resulting from error or interpolation. All known witnesses to the indirect tradition as preserved in four florilegia have been examined, at times enabling readings less well supported by the manuscripts of the direct tradition to be restored. Above all, the approach to the transmitted text evinces a more sceptical, less trusting view than that of many recent editors: the apparatus criticus contains numerous emendations and suggestions, and in several places corrects the attribution of previous scholars' conjectures, yet remains more generous than Marshall's and avoids trivial details.


Signa Codicum
Liber XI
Liber XII
Liber XIII
Liber XIV
Liber XV
Liber XVI
Liber XVII
Liber XIX
Liber XX
Conspectus Editionum Praeter Gellianas
Conspectus Studiorum
Index Nominum Propriorum
Index Legum Plebiscitorum Rogationum Senatusconsultorum Edictorum Decretorum
Index Bibliothecarum
Index Verborum Praeter Nomina Propria Selectorum

About the author: 

Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Independent scholar, based in the UK
After education at Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1967, MA 1970, D.Phil. 1971), Leofranc Holford-Strevens worked as a learned reader at Oxford University Press from 1971 to 1984, and thereafter as a copy-editor until his retirement in 2011 (from 2005 with the title Consultant Scholar-Editor).

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