Contest Problem Book II: Annual High School Contests by Charles T. Salkind

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He stIll gav~ more spac~ to manuscript readings than to explaining them. r~ntine manuscripts: 'these two are so authoritative in my opInIon . . ' 62 This weak attempt to try harder at exegesis satisfied no one. unlearned found nothing novel or compelling in Vettori's contInuous reference to manuscript readings. 'I went to find that blessed Bishop', wrote Giannotti after the Posterz"ores cast£gatz"ones reached Rome. He said to me that ... so far as he had read, he found it very good, and he wo~ld find it even better if you did not trust so much in your old texts, whIch were corrupt even before Cicero's time; and the same must be said of the others that survived the Gothic and Lombardic destruction.

Not unnaturally, he concentrated much of his scholarly activity on Roman poetry. In particular, he made a special study of the metres and manuscript tradition of Terence, subjects that Vettori had treated only in passing. 106 . If Faerno's· interests differed somewhat from Vettori's his .. ' crItIcal methods ~'+- or at least so his contemporaries believed did not. Latini, for example, was convinced that Faemo would employ conjectural emendation only as a last 'resort. ' 107 Faemo'spalaeographical skill aroused wonder even in his enemies.

58 Vettori was well aware of the value of Greek sources for the elucidation of Latin ones. In a note on Famz"l£ares VIII. 11, for example, he followed Poliziano in criticizing those who 'delete immediately what they do not understand by wit alone.... For', he continued: 'they ought to bear in mind ... '60 He spent much more time, nevertheless, on discussing manuscript readings than on citing passages of Greek - or, indeed, on explaining what Cicero had said. z"n Italy 57 Later, even Vettori realized that he should have devoted more effort to explaini~ng the text.

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