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Sicut commentatores loquuntur: Authorship and Commentaries on Poetry -26-27-28/09/2019, Leipzig (Ger

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Confirmed speakers: Maria Luisa Delvigo (Udine), Massimo Gioseffi (Milan), Fabio Stok (Rome), Daniel Vallat (Lyon).


From a hermeneutical point of view, referring to the author of a text is useful in many respects. Knowledge about the author helps to situate a work in time and space and to identify contexts; defining a work as the product of a (single) author can explain its coherence in respect of topic and style. The ‘speaking I’ becomes the target of the reader’s attribution of intentions and authority, especially when the rhetorical design of a text creates authorial figures or voices. In recent years, studies in classical literature have focused increasingly on author roles, author figures and author voices as part of the rhetorical texture. Technical prose and exegetical literature in particular are attracting attention as discursive areas, where emphasising authorial activities and authorial voices is a rhetorical means to constitute authority. Common to most of the work to date is that scholars usually investigate author roles and authority in texts whose attribution to an empirical author is not questionable. Our conference by contrast will concentrate on works whose authorial status is in question. The corpus of the extant Virgilian exegesis provides a good example. Apart from commentaries attributed to certain authors (Servius and Tiberius Claudius Donatus), it comprises various authorless, anonymous and pseudepigraphic compilations.



FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27-28/09/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Leipzig University (Leipzig, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ute Tischer (Leipzig), Thomas Kuhn-Treichel (Heidelberg), Stefano Poletti (Pisa)


INFO: web - ute.tischer@uni-leipzig.de ; tkuhntr@uni-heidelberg.de ; stefano.poletti@sns.it


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Donnerstag, 26. September 2019


Ort: Universität Leipzig, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, Beethovenstr. 15, Hörsaal


17.00 Come together


17.30 Begrüßung und Einführung

Prof. Dr. Beat Siebenhaar (Dekan der Philologischen Fakultät der Universität Leipzig)


18.00 Abendvortrag: Felix Steiner (Zürich)

Wissenstexte zwischen Anonymität und Autorschaft


ca. 20.00 gemeinsames Abendessen



Freitag, 27. September 2019


Ort: Research Academy, Villa Tillmanns, Wächterstr. 32


Problematische Autorkonstellationen


9.00 Fabio Stok (Rom)

The author(s) and the authorship of the “Philargyrian” exegetical corpus


9.45 Luigi Pirovano (Bologna)

Auctores commentariorum, commentarii auctorum: some considerations on the relationship between author and commentary in late antiquity


10.30 Kaffeepause


11.00 Dániel Kozák (Budapest)

The rhetoric of addition in Vergil, Servius and DServius


11.45 Ute Tischer (Leipzig)

Was ist (k)ein Autor? Autorproblematik in der Vergilexegese


12.30 Mittagsbuffet


Auktoriales Handeln und Interpretation


14.00 Daniel Vallat (Lyon)

Méthodes grammaticales et auctorialités exégétiques dans le commentaire de Servius


14.45 Massimo Gioseffi (Mailand)

Per un lessico dei commenti tardoantichi a Virgilio: il caso di Servio


15.30 Kaffeepause


16.00 Camilla Poloni (Pisa)

Intertextuality in Aelius Donatus’ Commentum Terenti


16.45 Stefano Poletti (Pisa)

A matter of points of view. Servius and Servius auctus on Virgil’s subjective style


19.00 Conference dinner (Panorama Tower)



Samstag, 28. September 2019


Ort: Research Academy, Villa Tillmanns, Wächterstr. 32


Der Kommentator als Autor in der exegetischen Tradition


9.00 Concetta Tania Longobardi (Neapel)

L’insegnamento del magister Servius nella tradizione scoliastica tardoantica


9.45 Frances Foster (Cambridge)

‘alii dicunt…’ Servius and Virgil’s anonymised readers


10.30 Kaffeepause


11.00 Janyce Desiderio (Paris)

Asper’s commentary in Servius and the scholia Veronensia: between authority and anonymity


Autorität und Selbstdarstellung


11.45 Joshua Smith (Baltimore)

The commentator as curator. Parathesis and authority in the Greek Scholia


12.30 Mittagsbuffet


14.00 Markus Hafner (Graz/München)

Der Dichter und sein Richter – Die Autorität des Literaturkritikers in den kommentierenden Scholien zur κρίσις ποιημάτων des Dionysios Thrax


14.45 Thomas Kuhn-Treichel (Heidelberg)

Aristarch aber …: Evokation von Autorschaft durch namentliche Verweise in den Pindarscholien


15.30 Abschlussdiskussion


16.30 Stadtrundgang durch die Leipziger Innenstad



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