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Die Ausgabe des Jodocus Badius Ascensius (1514)

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That Jodocus Badius Ascensius (1461-1535) was planning an annotated edition of Seneca tragedies urgently, we learn from his letter to Erasmus of 19 May 1512 in which he thanks him for a number of revised texts. This chapter provides an insight into the working method of Badius. The planned issue of "Editio Ascensiana" came late in 1514. Despite the multiple philological help he had received by various employees, mainly through Erasmus, Badius met important text-critical decisions by himself and created his own text. Among the deviations from the text of the Vulgate, which appear in the "Ascensiana", there are several ways of reading, and its origin remains unclear because Badius does not say that it is a conjecture. On the other hand, it is also not possible to elicit from the critical apparatus of modern issues, whether these readings currently exist or not.

Keywords: Jodocus Badius Ascensius; Erasmus; Seneca tragedies; Badius; Editio Ascensiana



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