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18 dirk van miert The idea underlying this family tree is that Isaac Vossius first of all inherited the philological methodology of Casaubon, Scaliger and Saumaise, that is: an interest in editions on the basis of a type research on manuscripts which would later, through scholars like Karl Lachmann (1793– 1851) come to be known as ‘stemmatic’. Secondly, Vossius also inherited their fields of interest: a youthful interest in poetry, gradually giving way to more peripheral genres: geography and chronology.

La. 1696) and of notes made on that manuscript by Richard Thomson. Thomson must have made these notes during his stay in Heidelberg, where he was for six months from October 1592 (personal communication of Dr Paul Botley (University of Warwick), who is currently doing research on Thomson). Vossius must have known about this manuscript. Perhaps Gruter had shown the codex to Saumaise, and Saumaise told Vossius about it. from casaubon and scaliger, via saumaise, to vossius 25 with Scaliger’s dealings with the poet.

79 Throughout his emendationes et notae, Saumaise relied heavily on the Palatine manuscript, comparing it with Casaubon’s edition and the edition from Milan. On page 171, he refuted an argument from Casaubon with the help of a passage in Scaliger’s commentary on Eusebius. Casaubon’s emendations, to which Saumaise referred on virtually every page of his commentary, were added to the edition. A work such as this is not to be found in the output of Isaac Vossius, although Vossius later in life did study the same text, if only with an aim to refuting Saumaise’s conclusions, as will be shown in the letter cited below.

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