Authorial pagination in the Eclogues and Georgics

John Kyrin Schafer*

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Abstract

A meaningful and authorial disposition of these works onto the columns of script (paginae) of a papyrus roll can be recovered from their text: 36 lines per column for the Eclogues, 40 for the Georgics. The pagination is an artistic feature of the works: the text mimetically responds to and comments on its column-breaks, investing the column and margins with various figurative valences. Lines at column-breaks are anomalous in several ways. These phenomena are too frequent and rich to be coincidental; at least some early copies of the text will have borne this arrangement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-178
Number of pages44
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association
Volume147
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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