The Bavarian Commentary and Ovid: Clm 4610, The Earliest Documented Commentary on the 'Metamorphoses' - cover image

Copyright

Robin Wahlsten Böckerman

Published On

2020-09-29

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-575-3
Hardback978-1-78374-576-0
PDF978-1-78374-577-7

Language

  • English

Print Length

398 pages (viii+390)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 27 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.08" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 32 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.25" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1652g (58.27oz)
Hardback2060g (72.66oz)

Media

Illustrations4

OCLC Number

1200809700

LCCN

2019394526

BIC

  • DB
  • DCF
  • CFP

LCC

  • PA6519.M9

Keywords

  • critical edition
  • translation
  • Ovid
  • Metamorphoses
  • Bavarian Commentary
  • ancient literature
  • medieval readers
  • Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek clm 4610
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The Bavarian Commentary and Ovid

Clm 4610, The Earliest Documented Commentary on the 'Metamorphoses'

The Bavarian Commentary and Ovid is the first complete critical edition and translation of the earliest preserved commentary on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Today, Ovid’s famous work is one of the touchstones of ancient literature, but we have only a handful of scraps and quotations to show how the earliest medieval readers received and discussed the poems—until the Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek clm 4610. This commentary, which dates from around the year 1100 is the first systematic study of the Metamorphoses, founding a tradition of scholarly study that extends to the present day.

Despite its significance, this medieval commentary has never before been published or analysed as a whole. Böckerman’s groundbreaking work includes a critical edition of the entire manuscript, together with a lucid English translation and a rigorous and stimulating introduction, which sets the work in its historical, geographical and linguistic contexts with precision and clarity while offering a rigorous analysis of its form and function.

The Bavarian Commentary and Ovid is essential reading for academics concerned with the reception of Ovid or that of other ancient authors. It will also be of great interest for Classical scholars, those investigating medieval commentaries and media history, and for anyone intrigued to know more about how the work of Ovid has echoed through history.

Reviews

Robin Böckerman's edition, with extensive introduction and English translation, of the earliest extant commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses constitutes an invaluable contribution to the study of medieval Latin commentaries on classical Latin authors. Having access to the complete text of the commentary preserved on ff. 61v to 84r of Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 4610 greatly advances our understanding of how masters and students in south German monastic schools ca. 1100 read Ovidius maior, as Ovid's great poem was often called, and by means of that exercise deepened their command of Latin grammar and ancient mythology. It is truly accessible, because the handsomely produced volume appears under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Ralph Hexter, University of California, Davis

"Böckerman, The Bavarian Commentary and Ovid". The Medieval Review (1096-746X), 2021.

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Contents

1. Introduction

(pp. 1–9)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.01

2. The Fate of Ovid Until the Twelfth Century

(pp. 10–29)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.02

3. Situating the Commentary

(pp. 30–49)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.03

4. Form and Function

(pp. 50–111)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.04

5. Clm 4610 and the Commentary Tradition

(pp. 112–167)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.05

General Conclusions: Clm 4610, Contexts and Connections

(pp. 168–169)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.06

Part II: THE TEXT

(pp. 170–189)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.07

Edition and Translation of clm 4610

(pp. 190–321)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.08

Bavarian B—experimental edition of Book 1 from clm 14482c

(pp. 324–331)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.09

Bavarian B, clm 14482c

(pp. 332–366)
  • Robin Wahlsten Böckerman
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0154.10

Contributors

Robin Wahlsten Böckerman

(author)
Postdoctoral Researcher in Latin at Stockholm University