L. D. Reynolds

Leighton Durham Reynolds FBA ((1930-02-11)11 February 1930  (1999-12-04)4 December 1999) was a British Latinist who is best known for his work on textual criticism. Spending his entire career at the Brasenose College, Oxford, he wrote the most commonly cited edition of Seneca the Younger's Letters.[1]

L. D. Reynolds

Born
Leighton Durham Reynolds

(1930-02-11)11 February 1930
Died4 December 1999(1999-12-04) (aged 69)
Oxford, England
Spouse(s)
Susan Buchanan
(m. 1962)
Academic background
Alma mater
Influences
Academic work
DisciplineClassics
Sub-disciplineTextual criticism
InstitutionsBrasenose College, Oxford

The central academic achievement of Reynolds's career was the publication in 1965 of The Medieval Tradition of Seneca's Letters, in which he reconstructed how the text was transmitted through the Middle Ages[lower-alpha 1] and revealed that most of the younger manuscripts were of little use for the establishment of the text. He also wrote critical editions of Seneca's Dialogues, the works of the historian Sallust, and Cicero's De finibus bonorum et malorum. In 1968, Reynolds and his Oxford colleague Nigel Guy Wilson co-authored Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature, a well-received introduction to textual criticism.

Writing about the set of critical editions authored by Reynolds, the Latinist Michael Reeve stated that Reynolds's scholarship had the ability to "to cut through dozens of manuscripts to the serviceable core".[3] At the time of its publication, his work on Seneca was considered by some commentators to be difficult to surpass.