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


By Eleanor Dickey

Historical greek sholarship constitutes a worthwhile 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 shortcoming 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 might let scholars and students strange with this fabric to exploit it of their paintings. Ancient Greek Scholarship comprises specific dialogue of the person historical authors on whose works scholia, commentaries, or single-author lexica exist, including causes of the possible resources of that scholarship and the methods it truly 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 the various texts of every paintings and of numerous digital resources.

This ebook not just introduces readers to historic scholarship, but in addition teaches them the best way to learn it. right here readers will discover a precise, step by step advent to the language, a word list of over 1500 grammatical phrases, and a collection of greater than 2 hundred passages for translation, every one observed by way of observation. The commentaries provide adequate support to permit undergraduates with as low as years of Greek to translate such a lot passages with self belief; additionally, readers are given aids to dealing with the traditional numerical structures, realizing the references present in works of old scholarship, and utilizing an gear criticus (including an intensive key to the abbreviations utilized in an apparatus). part the passages are observed by way of a key, in order that the ebook is both compatible for these learning on their lonesome and for periods with graded homework.

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At a later date Symmachus’ commentary or one of its descendants, along with some other material, was copied into the generous margins of a book of the plays of Aristophanes and formed the archetype of our extant scholia. Perhaps the most important of the additional sources of our scholia is the metrical commentary on Aristophanes written by Heliodorus13 around ad 100. This commentary is often studied apart from the other scholia, for it is crucial for our understanding of ancient metrical theory but of limited use in understanding Aristophanes.

Sometimes correction for these omissions was made by Byzantine readers who, having originally copied a text with few or no scholia, then found a different source with scholia and copied those; such hybrid manuscripts can be important for the preservation of scholia but are highly problematic for those who use scholia to determine manuscript stemmata (see O. L. Smith 1981: 53). Moreover, even when they were copied, the scholia suffered many kinds of corruption. They were frequently abbreviated, displaced, miscopied, or inappropriately run together.

The standard text of the preserved first book is that of Sodano (1970 =TLG), where the self-standing and scholia versions of Porphyry’s words are given in parallel columns. For the rest of the work one must rely on Schrader (1880–2 =TLG, 1890 =TLG), who used inferior manuscripts, made poor editorial judgements, and arranged the material in the order in which it appears in the scholia, rather than in Porphyry’s order. ) Schlunk (1993) provides an English translation of Sodano’s text, and there are good discussions in Sodano’s introduction and in Erbse (1960: 17–77).

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