This week two new publications came out, both short, but at opposite extremes in terms of content and prospective readership.
The first is my short note on the Bodleian Epictetus MS, now published in the latest issue of Classical Quarterly. A few years ago I arranged a book exhibition at the Bodleian and one of the items we put on display was the Bodleian’s 11th century manuscript of the Discourses of Epictetus. This is the archetype for all other copies, something we know because it contains an ink smudge obscuring the text where other copies have missing text. With the help of a small grant from the Ancient World Research Cluster at Wolfson College I had some large digital reproductions made of the page with the ink smudge and very kindly Nigel Wilson agreed to look at them to see if he might be able to decipher any of the obscured text. The short note reports his findings, which confirm and deny some of the conjectures of previous editors.
The second is a contribution – in fact four contributions – to Stoicism Today: Selected Writings II, edited by Patrick Ussher. Two of these pieces were written at the invitation of Patrick for the Stoicism Today blog, one is the text of a talk I gave at a Stoicism Today event in London, and the last is simply some notes from a workshop I led at a subsequent Stoicism Today event. None were written with print publication in mind but it is nice to have them recorded here.