Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature

Paperback | December 12, 2013

byL. D. Reynolds, N. G. Wilson

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One of the remarkable facts about the history of Western culture is that we are still in a position to read large amounts of the literature produced in classical Greece and Rome despite the fact that for at least a millennium and a half all copies had to be produced by hand and were subject tothe hazards of fire, flood, and war. This book explains how the texts survived and gives an account of the reasons why it was thought worthwhile to spend the necessary effort to preserve them for future generations.In the second edition a section of notes was included, and a new chapter was added to deal with some aspects of scholarship since the Renaissance. In the third edition (1991), the authors responded to the urgent need to take account of the very large number of discoveries in this rapidly advancingfield of knowledge by substantially revising or enlarging certain sections. The last two decades have seen further advances, and this revised edition is designed to take account of them.

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One of the remarkable facts about the history of Western culture is that we are still in a position to read large amounts of the literature produced in classical Greece and Rome despite the fact that for at least a millennium and a half all copies had to be produced by hand and were subject tothe hazards of fire, flood, and war. This b...

The Late L. D. Reynolds (d. 1999) was a Fellow and Tutor at Brasenose College, Oxford. He has edited Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics and is responsible for the Oxford Classical Texts of Seneca (Letters and Dialogues), Sallust, and Cicero (De finibus). N. G. Wilson is Emeritus Fellow and Tutor of Lincoln College,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:December 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199686335

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Antiquity2. The Greek East3. The Latin West4. The Renaissance5. Some Aspects of Scholarship Since the Renaissance6. Textual CriticismAbbreviationsNotesIndex of MSS.General IndexNotes to the PlatesPlates

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"The third edition of this superb work has been carefully revised to reflect advances in classical scholarship since publication of the previous edition. The work is indispensable for classical students who have not read the previous edition, and recommended for those who want recentinformation on an essential subject." --Gerald O'Sullivan, Stockton State College, Classical World 17/12/1993