Academic journal article Journal of the History of Ideas

Virginia Brown 1940-2009

Academic journal article Journal of the History of Ideas

Virginia Brown 1940-2009

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Virginia Brown, Professor of Paleography at the University of Toronto (1970-2006), Senior Fellow Emerita of its Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (2006-09 ), and member of the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Ideas (1986-2009) died on July 4, 2009. She was an international luminary as a Latin paleographer, a textual critic, and a historian of the classical tradition in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Her major publications range from a study of the transmission of the De bello civili of Julius Caesar (1972), a catalogue of the manuscripts of the Biblioteca Giovardiana of Veroli, Italy (1996), to editions and translations of Giovanni Boccaccio's On Famous Women (2001), and Leon Battista Alberti's Momus (2003) for the I Tatti Renaissance Library.

Professor Brown inherited the mantle of E. A. Lowe and succeeded him as the world's leading authority on the manuscript hands of southern Italy; her Benevantan Script, second edition (1980) remains the standard work on that subject. She also took on the general editorship of the two most recent volumes (1992, 2003) of a project launched by Paul Oskar Kristeller, the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum Medii Aevi. In addition to the JHI, she served on the editorial boards of Scripta: An International Journal of Paleography and Codicology, the International Journal of the Classical Tradition, and as editor-in-chief (1975-86) of Mediaeval Studies. …

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