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In the Introduction it is shown that, although the Commentariolum purports to have been written in early 64 B.C. by Quintus Cicero, it is more llkely that the author was a writer of historical character writing (prosopopoiia) from the first century A.D..
This is not a critical edition: the text used is departed from only in sections nine and twenty eight, and then not radically.
The Commentary is intended to make reference to the Commenariolum as simple as possible: it tells the reader what the text probably means, if necessary, and if its evidence is supported or contradicted.
The only radical departure from conventional interpretation is in part of chapter ten.
Smith, David Garratt Oldham, "[Q. Ciceronis] Commentariolum petitionis: A Commentary with a Discussion of Authenticity" (1970). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4804.
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