Lipsius en Livius Klassieke filologie in de zestiende eeuw



Whereas the Flemish humanist Justus Lipsius has won the highest praise for his successive
commented editions of Tacitus’ Annales and Historiae, hitherto no attention has been paid
to his philological and antiquarian study of Livy. By editing, emending and lecturing on
Livy’s monumental history of Rome, however, Lipsius not only followed in the footsteps
of famous scholars such as Petrarch, Henricus Glareanus and Carolus Sigonius, but also
continued a tradition at the Louvain Collegium Trilingue. A close investigation of Lipsius’
Epistolicae Quaestiones, which contain a masterly sample of textual criticism, enables us
to judge Lipsius’ correction of Livy against the emendatio lipsiana applied to Tacitus, thus
shedding light on both the methods and achievements of one of the leading classical philologists
of the sixteenth century.