Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries…

Paperback | March 21, 2007

byEleanor Dickey

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Ancient greek sholarship constitutes a precious resource for classicists, but one that is underutilized because graduate students and even mature scholars lack familiarity with its conventions. The peculiarities of scholarly Greek and the lack of translations or scholarly aids oftendiscourages readers from exploiting the large body of commentaries, scholia, lexica, and grammatical treatises that have been preserved on papyrus and via the manuscript tradition. Now, for the first time, there is an introduction to such scholarship that will enable students and scholars unfamiliarwith this material to use it in their work. Ancient Greek Scholarship includes detailed discussion of the individual ancient authors on whose works scholia, commentaries, or single-author lexica exist, together with explanations of the probable sources of that scholarship and the ways it is nowused, as well as descriptions of extant grammatical works and general lexica. These discussions, and the annotated bibliography of more than 1200 works, also include evaluations of the different texts of each work and of a variety of electronic resources. This book not only introduces readers to ancient scholarship, but also teaches them how to read it. Here readers will find a detailed, step-by-step introduction to the language, a glossary of over 1500 grammatical terms, and a set of more than 200 passages for translation, each accompanied bycommentary. The commentaries offer enough help to enable undergraduates with as little as two years of Greek to translate most passages with confidence; in addition, readers are given aids to handling the ancient numerical systems, understanding the references found in works of ancient scholarship,and using an apparatus criticus (including an extensive key to the abbreviations used in an apparatus). Half the passages are accompanied by a key, so that the book is equally suitable for those studying on their own and for classes with graded homework.

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Ancient greek sholarship constitutes a precious resource for classicists, but one that is underutilized because graduate students and even mature scholars lack familiarity with its conventions. The peculiarities of scholarly Greek and the lack of translations or scholarly aids oftendiscourages readers from exploiting the large body of ...

Eleanor Dickey is at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:March 21, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction to Ancient Scholarship2. Scholia, Commentaries, and Lexica on Specific Literary Works2.1. Archaic and Classical Poetry2.2. Classical Prose2.3. Hellenistic Literature2.4. Literature of the Roman Period3. Other Scholarly Works3.1. Grammatical Treatises3.2. Lexica3.3. Other Types of Work4. Introduction to Scholarly Greek5. Reader5.1. Texts with Key5.2. Key to 5.15.3. Texts without Key6. Glossary7. Annotated Bibliography7.1. List of Abbreviations7.2. List of ReferencesAppendicesA. Hints for Finding Works on Ancient Scholarship in Library CatalogsB. Hints for Using FacsimilesIndices

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"This fine manual provides valuable guidance for the trained scholar. Dickey provides succinct accounts of the scholia, commentaries, and lexia that survive for individual authors from Homer through the Second Sophistic; she follows this with a similar survey on general grammatical treatises,lexica, and other scholarly works. Recommended." --Choice