Vergilius Romanus. Per la storia di un’antica edizione di lusso tra il II secolo e l’età costantiniana
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Palaeographers and art-historians do not agree on firm criteria to date R, the luxury manuscript known as Vergilius Romanus: but they all eventually accept Norden’s thesis arguing that a verse added in R (Aen. 6.242) is interpolated from a sixth century didactic poem, thus making R the latest of the premedieval manuscripts of the corpus. Besides reconsidering Norden’s opinion, this essay tries to focus on some so far neglected aspects of this ancient edition (e.g. structure of the corpus, loss of critical semeia and political messages devised for discriminating readers): they seem indeed to give unexpected clues to the history of this most spectacular among ancient Virgilian illustrated corpora.