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Cicero demonstrates a transmission error at De divinatione 1.14-15

David Perry

University of Chicago

Cicero’s De divinatione 1.14-15 is evidence, albeit fictional, for ancient errors of transposition.  Quintus Cicero recites from memory his brother’s translation of Aratus’ Phaenomena 913-55; Quintus misplaces some lines from their Greek-manuscript order, which Cicero had likely kept.  Cicero’s characterization of Quintus and emphasis on Quintus’ memory may make this a wry comment on faulty memories of poetry.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Talks 1: Latin and Greek Literature

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6.3

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