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‘In Pondere Non Magno Satis Ponderosae …’: Gronovius And The Printed Tradition Of The Thebaid

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'In pondere non magno satis ponderosae . . .' It is with these words that one of his contemporaries praised the exegetical notes that Johann Friedrich Gronovius (1611-1671) included in his edition of Statius. The minute in-24° volume published by the Elzeviers in Amsterdam in 1653 may indeed be termed pondus non magnum, and it also seems legitimate to describe as satis ponderosae the clever and shrewd observations of the Hamburg-born scholar. This chapter uses the specific case of Gronovius' notes on the Thebaid to offer some reflections on the history of scholarship: What was the weight of a scholar's authority in the printed tradition of a Classical text, and how might its effects be felt? The chapter addresses this question. It also gives a very brief sketch of the exegetical material.

Keywords: Johann Friedrich Gronovius; Statius; Thebaid



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