The Silvae of Statius have been preserved in a fifteenth-century manuscript that has long been considered corrupt. In this careful, readable text, Courtney takes the view, held by Klotz alone among editors but strongly supported by recent discoveries of new material, that this manuscript was identical to that seen by Politician. The difficulties are compounded by the author's mannerist style, which most modern editors have often misinterpreted as a defense for corrupt readings. For this text Courtney has surveyed the scholarly literature on the Silvae in its entirety, and has often returned to the judgments of the great seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Latinists in an effort to produce a readable text that does not ignore any difficulties.
'the typography of this volume is as pleasant as anything produced in the series in earlier years ... it is a pleasure to be able to state that this edition will be found to be a great advance on anything else available: in critical acumen, in sober and economical presentation and in mature balance and judgement it represents a solid achievement of which the author may feel proud'
J.A. Richmond, University College, Dublin, Hermathena
'Courtney's emended text ... has been shaped by common sense, logic, and an intimate knowledge of silver Latin ... Poggio would like this text very well, for Courtney seems the scribe that Poggio lacked: is qui libros [recognovit] doctissimus omnium viventium [est].'
Joseph Pucci, Brown University, Classical World
'The apparatus is of superior quality in several respects. C. appears to have checked all references in earlier apparatuses and combined this with his own vast knowledge. This results in exact references for almost all humanist conjectures, which must earn C. the eternal gratitude of scholars freed from undertaking a difficult search for a conjecture by Lipsius or Salmasius. It is abundantly clear that the text, like everything else in this book, is a
product of long thought, vast knowledge and attention to every detail ... important edition.'
Harm-Jan van Dam, Mnemosyne, Vol. XLVII, Fasc. 3 (1994)
Praefatio (Preface); Index Librorum et Commentationum plus semel in apparatu laudatarum (Index of books and commentaries mentioned more than once in the apparatus); Sigla (symbols); Index Carminum (List of poems); Silvae (text); Libri Quinque (Books I-V); Index Nominum (Index of names)