« The Canonization of Cicero in Ancient Commentaries »

Autore: Farrell, Joseph
Titolo: « The Canonization of Cicero in Ancient Commentaries »
Rivista/Miscellanea: In : Pieper, Christoph & Pausch, Dennis, The Scholia on Cicero’s Speeches. Contexts and Perspectives, Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2023, 287 p. [Pieper & Pausch 2023]
Luogo edizione: Leiden Boston
Editore: Brill
Anno edizione: 2023
Pagine: 129-153
Parole chiave: Commentaires - Commenti - Commentaries, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Philologie - Filologia - Philology, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Descrizione: Joseph Farrell compares the canonization of Cicero with that of Vergil. He argues that Cicero’s own self-fashioning, which he used to tur himself into a classical author, was influential on the way in which Vergil one generation later was turned into the model poet in Rome. Conversely, Vergil’s early reception, especially in commentaries, established a pattern that would only later be followed in the case of Cicero. Starting from a humoristic remark in Cicero’s correspondence with Atticus that the latter could serve as Cicero’s Aristarchus, the chapter asks who, then, would be Cicero’s Aristarchus, that is a commentator who seals his canonical status. After sketching the fluid nature of ancient canon formation and briefly reviewing early Imperial stages of Cicero’s reception, the chapter turns to what we know about early commentaries and other scholarly work on Vergil and argues that this grammatical exegesis was necessary for Asconius to build his own Ciceronian commentaries upon. [Pieper & Pausch 2023, 17]
Link: https://brill.com/downloadpdf/book/9789004516441/BP000006.pdf
Sigla autore: Farrell 2023