Renæssanceforum 9 • 2015

Maria Accame
Le vite di Varrone nei corsi di Pomponio Leto

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This article discusses the Lives of Varro compiled by Pomponio Leto in connection with his courses on De Lingua Latina. For the study of these Lives the dictata (i.e. the notes taken by Pomponio's students during his lessons) preserved in cod. Vat. lat. 3415 are of primary importance. The autograph Life found in cod. Vat. lat. 3311 is especially interesting for us, since it offers a much shorter version of the text. According to a widespread tradition, some dictata portray Pomponio apologizing in advance to his listeners for the mistakes he may commit in his lectures on Varro.