Varro, Atticus and Annales

Marshall, R. M.A. (2017) Varro, Atticus and Annales. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 60(2), pp. 61-75. (doi: 10.1111/2041-5370.12057)

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This paper explores the scholarly relationship between Varro and Atticus by focusing on the attribution of a Varronian fragment (Gell. 17.21.24). Taking into account Gellius's citation practices, it is argued that the fragment (concerning the execution of the tyrant Manlius) was mediated via Atticus, not taken directly from Varro. The evidence for Varro's and Atticus's friendship and scholarly cooperation undermines traditional attempts to identify any ultimate written source for this material, and prompts a re-evaluation of the relationship between the two friends’ antiquarian interests to outline the consequences of scholarly and social exchange. This investigation suggests that, like many apparent points of Attico-Varronian overlap (including Rome's foundation-date), the fragment's origins might owe more to personal acquaintance than secluded book-learning. Their antiquarian choices had the potential to be politically charged, and the version of Manlius's death endorsed by Varro may thus indicate his political stance towards Caesar.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Marshall, Dr Richard
Authors: Marshall, R. M.A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Journal Name:Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
ISSN (Online):2041-5370
Published Online:12 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Institute of Classical Studies University of London
First Published:First published in Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 60(2):61-75
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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