« The Influence of Greek Commentaries on the Bobbio Scholia to Cicero »

Author: Bishop, Caroline
Title: « The Influence of Greek Commentaries on the Bobbio Scholia to Cicero »
Review/Collection: In : Pieper, Christoph & Pausch, Dennis, The Scholia on Cicero’s Speeches. Contexts and Perspectives, Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2023, 287 p. [Pieper & Pausch 2023]
Place edition: Leiden Boston
Editor: Brill
Year edition: 2023
Pages: 154-175
Keywords: Commentaires - Commenti - Commentaries, Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: Caroline Bishop explores the influence of the Greek scholia to Demosthenes on the Bobbio scholia to Cicero. It proceeds on the principle, well-attested in ancient Vergilian scholarship, that Roman scholars were motivated to produce works that resembled the exegetical traditions on their author’s Greek model. While there are no close correspondences between Cicero’s and Demosthenes’ scholia, they do evince a similar methodological approach. Both scholiasts cross-reference other classical authors to demonstrate lexical and contextual similarities, reinforcing a broader culture of classicism, and both discuss their respective orator’s skill in admiring terms, even when that skill involved elements of deception. But unlike Demosthenes’ scholiast, that of Cicero performs these tasks with an eye towards both Roman and Greek culture, referring to Roman and Greek classical authors alike, and using a wide array of Greek rhetorical terminology to describe Cicero’s abilities. This suggests that the Ciceronian scholiast did indeed consider how Cicero’s closest Greek counterpart had been studied, and then applied those methods in Latin. [Pieper & Pausch 2023, 18]
Link: https://brill.com/downloadpdf/book/9789004516441/BP000007.pdf
Author initials: Bishop 2023