Ovid, Tristia. Ex Ponto

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  the truth where the second group is interpolated, but in general is less trustworthy.

All three groups go back to a medieval archetype, but readings in later mss and medieval anthologies suggest that genuine variants may occasionally have been handed down independently of the main tradition.

The transmission of the Epistulae ex Ponto shows no special relationship to that of the Tristia.

(i) G: fragmentum Guelferbytanum, 6th c., a palimpsest, contains only 4. 9. 101-108, 127-133 and 4. 12. 15-19, 41-44. It is not the archetype of the other mss, but derived from it.
(ii) A: Hamburgensis 52, 9th c., contains the work as far as 3. 2. 67, omitting however 1. 3; it seems to represent a unique branch of the tradition and, though often wrong, preserves many good readings.
(iii) B: Monacensis 384, 12th c.
  C: Monacensis 19476, 12th c.
  D: Gothanus membr. II 121, 13th c.
  S: Argentoratensis, 12th c., destroyed by fire in 1870 and now known only from Korn’s apparatus; its text ended at 3. 5. 34.
  T: Turonensis Bibl. Mun. 879, early 13th c. (= T in Trist.).
  Tarrant notes that the clearest division is between BC and DT, with the latter showing a greater propensity to interpolation.

The brief critical notes aim only at showing where the tradition has been abandoned in favour of a scholar’s emendation and at giving a selection of those places where one well attested variant has been preferred to another. For more details the reader is directed to Owen’s large edition of the Tristia and Andre’s of the Ex Ponto.

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Select Bibliography Editions and commentaries

Editiones principes: Rome and Bologna, 1471.

  • N. Heinsius: Amsterdam, 1661.
  • P. Burman: Volume III of his great variorum edition, Amsterdam, 1727.
  • S. G. Owen: Tristia, Ibis, Ex Ponto, Halieutica (OCT), Oxford, 1915.
  • R. Ehwald-F. Levy: Tristia, Ibis, Ex Ponto (Teubner), Leipzig, 1922.
  • Georg Luck: Briefe aus der Verbannung (Artemis: text and notes; German translation by Wilhelm Willige), Zürich/Stuttgart, 1963 (review by M. v. Albrecht, Gnomon 37 [1965] 491-6).
  • S. G. Owen: Tristia (large critical edition), Oxford, 1889.
  • G. Némethy: Tristia (comm. exegeticus), Budapest, 1913.
  • S. G. Owen: Tristia II (elaborate introduction; text, translation, and copious commentary), Oxford, 1924, repr. 1967.
  • J. T. Bakker: Tristia V (with comm.), Amsterdam, 1946.
  • T. J. De Jonge: Tristia IV (with comm.), Groningen, 1951.
  • Georg Luck: Tristia (2 vols), Heidelberg (I: Text, app. crit. and German translation, 1967; II: Commentary, 1977).
  • Jacques André: Tristes (Budé, i.e. introd., text, app. crit., notes, and French translation), Paris, 1968.
  • O. Korn: Ex Ponto libri IV (comm.), Leipzig, 1868.
  • G. Némethy: Ex Ponto (comm. exegeticus), Budapest, 1915.
  • A. Scholte: Ex Ponto I (with comm.), Amersfort, 1933.
  • U. Staffhorst: Ex Ponto III 1-3 (comm.), Diss. Würzburg, 1965.
  • Jacques André: Pontiques (Budé), Paris, 1977.
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