Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and by Eleanor Dickey

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By Eleanor Dickey

Old greek sholarship constitutes a priceless source for classicists, yet one who is underutilized simply because graduate scholars or even mature students lack familiarity with its conventions. The peculiarities of scholarly Greek and the inability of translations or scholarly aids frequently discourages readers from exploiting the massive physique of commentaries, scholia, lexica, and grammatical treatises which have been preserved on papyrus and through the manuscript culture. Now, for the 1st time, there's an creation to such scholarship that may allow scholars and students unusual with this fabric to take advantage of it of their paintings. Ancient Greek Scholarship comprises designated dialogue of the person historical authors on whose works scholia, commentaries, or single-author lexica exist, including causes of the possible assets of that scholarship and the methods it really is now used, in addition to descriptions of extant grammatical works and basic lexica. those discussions, and the annotated bibliography of greater than 1200 works, additionally contain reviews of different texts of every paintings and of quite a few digital resources.

This publication not just introduces readers to old scholarship, but in addition teaches them tips to learn it. the following readers will discover a exact, step by step creation to the language, a word list of over 1500 grammatical phrases, and a collection of greater than two hundred passages for translation, each one followed by means of statement. The commentaries supply sufficient aid to permit undergraduates with as low as years of Greek to translate so much passages with self belief; moreover, readers are given aids to dealing with the traditional numerical platforms, figuring out the references present in works of historical scholarship, and utilizing an gear criticus (including an in depth key to the abbreviations utilized in an apparatus). part the passages are observed through a key, in order that the e-book is both compatible for these learning on their lonesome and for periods with graded homework.

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But the scholia as they appear in our manuscripts are not always what they were when they first became marginalia. In order to survive, scholia had to be recopied with each successive copying of the main text, and this did not always happen; in many cases the sheer quantity of marginalia defeated copyists, leading to the omission of large amounts of material. It is common for scholia on small bodies of text (such as the speeches of Aeschines) to be much richer than the scholia on longer works (such as the dialogues of Plato), and it is also usual for scholia to be much more plentiful at the beginning of a long work than in subsequent sections.

For such purposes one must resort to the older editions of Iliad scholia, which cover the most important manuscripts individually: W. Dindorf (1875–8) for A and B, Maass (1887–8) for T, Nicole (1891 =TLG) for the Geneva manuscript,3 and Lascaris (1517) and De Marco (1946) for the two branches of the D scholia. A complete facsimile of A has been published by De Vries (1901) and is useful for understanding the printed versions of the A and D scholia. The situation regarding editions of the Odyssey scholia is both less complex and less satisfactory.

Heliodorus’ work has been preserved to varying extents for the different plays; one can reconstruct from the scholia nearly all of it for the Peace, as well as substantial sections of it for the Acharnians and Knights and some fragments for the Clouds and Wasps, but little else. In addition to the direct tradition of the scholia, which is well attested in several manuscripts, there is an indirect tradition via the Suda, whose writer had access to the same body of material when it was more complete and therefore often preserves scholia that did not survive in the direct tradition.

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