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Reynolds—Wilson (1974) 11; cf. Turner (1968) 116—17. Cf. on Servius Zetzel (1972) 87—158 passim. Cf. Guillemin (1937) 49—54; and on Fronto's preoccupation with single words Grube (1965) 321. Cf. Vu. Donat. 17—18; and in general Speyer (1971) 112—28. ' But the style of interpretation favoured by most ancient critics and commentators was conditioned by a basic premiss which a modern critic cannot accept, though he must be aware of it, that literary studies were a part of rhetoric and subservient to its social, political and moral ends.
To read Latin literature so as to extract from it the greatest possible profit and enjoyment is a very demanding undertaking. It calls for a combination of detailed knowledge, linguistic and factual, and educated sensibility, that can only come from laborious application. The books in which we read our Latin authors are much more convenient than those which a Roman reader had, and our texts are probably purer than his often were. In other respects, even after allowing for the fact that Latin was his native language, we are not at such a disadvantage as might be thought.
I praef. 3 his uoluminibus. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 BOOKS AND READERS IN THE ROMAN WORLD from left to right in columns, paginae. Thus to read a book the user held it in both hands horizontally, rolling it up with the left hand and unrolling with the right as he read. 1 It seems probable that the ends of the roll -were commonly reinforced against wear and secured to wooden rollers, the ends of which were often fitted with ornamental knobs called umbilici 'navels', or cornua 'horns': 2 hence the expression ad umbilicos (or cornua) explicare (or uenire\ and the like, meaning ' to read to the end' (Mart.