Monday, 21 September 2015

Lobel on A.Supp.

H. Lloyd-Jones' review of M.L. West Aeschyli Tragoediae in Gnomon 65.1 (1993) 1-11 contains the following anecdote, at p. 5:

"Lobel once said to me <Supplices
would be to put down just what is in that Medicean manuscript without word divisions and enclose it all by two cruces>>; he was joking, but the joke was not a bad one; the editor can never take it for granted that what is in the manuscript is sufficient to enable him to arrive by conjecture at the truth."
Truly a locus desperatus.

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