ABSTRACT

Of all the classical Latin poets, Virgil is the one whose place in the canon of great authors has been the most secure. The Appendix Virgiliana as it was constituted during the Carolingian period contains the following poems: Dirae, Culex, Aetna, Copa, Elegiae in Maecenatem, Ciris, Catalepton, Priapea, and Moretum. The Virgil that emerges from the early printed editions has been transformed: the classical material remains present, but it is fused into a later culture that includes it in different realms of discourse than it originally appeared in, excludes aspects that made the later readers uncomfortable, and recombines Virgilian material into something that was simultaneously both ancient and Renaissance. Information on the printing history of Badius’s commentary has been gathered during the author research for the section on printed commentaries to Virgil for the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum.