Tour 1: The Thesaurus material: the original slips: complete textsThe material on which the Thesaurus is based is made up of two groups. From the earliest transmitted texts to around AD 200 the whole of Latin literature was included in the material, for Latin texts from 200 to 600 experts on the various authors excerpted for the Thesaurus words and usages likely to be of interest to a dictionary. Slips were also made for inscriptions, papyri, coins and the like. All this material was prepared between 1894 and 1899 and has been continuously updated since then.
Literary texts make up the largest part of the material. Each text was divided up into sections in the standard editions of the time and significant conjectures or variants were noted in the margin.fig. 3 A page from Seneca's Medea (ed. F. Leo, Berlin 1879), the text division is marked with blue lines.
|fig. 4 Section from fig. 3; the critical apparatus is marked in the margin.|