review of: Paolo Esposito (ed.), Gli scolii a Lucano ed altra
scoliastica latina. Testi e studi di cultura classica 21. Pisa:
Edizioni ETS, 2004
published in: Bryn Mawr Classical
Bellum civile was widely read and studied in antiquity, as is attested by
several bodies of scholia on the text. The most important ones among them are
known as the Adnotationes super ucanum, the Commenta Bernensia and the
Supplementum adnotationum super Lucanum. While it cannot be said that these
scholia are of primary importance for every student of Latin literature, they
provide some interesting material on forms of learning in late antiquity.
Paolo Esposito has now edited a volume of studies specifically devoted to the
scholia on Lucan. Esposito himself contributes an introductory survey of the
field, an essay on Virgil and Servius in the scholia on Lucan, and an essay on
quotations from Lucan in Servius' commentary on the first book of Virgil's
Aeneid. In addition, Nicola Lanzarone analyses quotations from other poets in
the Supplementum adnotationum super Lucanum, while Rosina Iannone deals with
Servius and the Commenta Bernensia. Finally, Enrico M. Ariemma analyses
references to Lucan in Lactantius Placidus' commentary on Statius' Thebaid.
Most of these contributions make for rather technical reading, with detailed
accounts of places in the various bodies of scholia, illustrated by additional
tables and lists of parallels. For example, there are exhaustive lists
(p.78-107) of all Virgilian quotations in the Adnotationes and the Commenta
Bernensia, arranged both in the order of appearance in the scholia and in the
order of Virgil's works.
Hardly surprisingly, Virgil is ubiquitous in these scholia, the Aeneid having
always been considered the number one poem in Latin and, more specifically,
Lucan's most important model in writing his epic. In addition, Servius'
commentary on the Aeneid also proves to have deeply influenced later bodies of
scholia, such as the ones on Lucan. Elaborating such forms of dependence, this
volume of studies is of limited interest to the general reader. Specialists,
however, may find some useful tools for further research here.
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