Re: Signatures

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Aug 26 1998 - 09:00:53 EDT

At 3:37 PM -0500 8/25/98, Joseph A. Weaks wrote:
>>There have been a couple posts over the past two or three days with either
>>no signature or an incomplete one.
>And to think I was hoping for a fascinating comment on manuscripts with
>signatures. Is there such a thing, since all we have in terms of NT
>manuscript is a copy of a copy at best?

Alas, I fear that all the MSS are like the great works of medieval painting
and scupture, as described by Thomas Mann's Italian humanist Settembrini in
_The Magic Mountain_, "anonymous and communal."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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