Copied Marginal Annotations and the Early History of Augustine's De ciuitate Dei

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Augustine’s De ciuitate Dei is a sizeable work, with a complex and incompletely understood textual tradition. In attempting to elucidate such a complex tradition, not only the text, but also its paratexts need to be considered. This article explores how marginal annotations that were copied with the text of De ciuitate Dei can be used to further understand its textual tradition. The article examines five series of annotations found in more than one copy of the text, and argues that these can be used to formulate hypotheses about the relationships of the De ciuitate Dei copies they are found in, and to approximately date and place these manuscripts in the tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)277-298
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • patristiikka
  • Augustinus
  • Early Middle Ages
  • Late Antiquity
  • Paleografia
  • textual criticism
  • tekstikritiikki
  • paratekstit
  • manuscript studies
  • annotations

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