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94 Persius and Juvenal
Saturae
Oxonii, E Typographeo Clarendoniano [1903]
Although the poet A. E. Housman left Oxford without taking a degree, he became a professor of Latin at University College, London, in 1892, and at Cambridge University in 1911. In 1903 the editor and classical scholar J. P. Postgate asked Housman to prepare the text of Juvenal for the Corpus Poetarum Latinorum, and this volume was published in 1905. However, Housman felt that this edition had been based on inadequate knowledge of extant Juvenal manuscripts, and he proceeded to prepare an independent edition, which was issued later the same year by Grant Richards and which was warmly received by other English scholars. In preparing his independent edition he consulted, either by himself or through collaborators, manuscripts at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris and the Vatican. These two identical copies of Juvenal, each signed by Housman on the flyleaf, are those that he sent to his collaborators, Charles Samaran and Louis Brandin in Paris and E. O. Winstedt and George Perinelle at the Vatican. Housman underlined words and phrases where textual variants might appear and posed specific questions, and his collaborators returned the volumes to him heavily annotated to assist him in constructing his "first apparatus criticus." Housman's work on Juvenal and Manilius assured his eminent position in classical scholarship.
Gift of Gilbert Highet

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