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

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


By (author) L.D. Reynolds, By (author) N. G. Wilson

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 May 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198721463
  • ISBN 13: 9780198721468
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 16 pp black and white plates, 1 line drawing
  • Sales rank: 1,104,807

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In the second edition of this classic work a section of notes was included, and a new chapter was added which dealt with some aspects of scholarship since the Renaissance. For this third edition the authors have responded to the urgent need to take account of the very large number of discoveries in this rapidly advancing field of knowledge by substantially revising or enlarging certain sections.

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"A valuable resource for both graduate student and scholar....Every student of ancient literature needs to own and read this book."--Classical Bulletin"A thorough, lively and up-to-date assessment of a complex historical process; an excellent introduction."--Charles Witke, University of MichiganPraise for the First Edition "This is an excellent book; its authors have fulfilled with striking success their aim to produce 'a simple introduction for beginners to the processes by which Greek and Latin literature have been preserved.' They have dealt with the essentials of this vast subject, and with the rudiments of textual criticism, in five very readable chapters, and their book deserves to be lastingly popular with...undergraduates."--Journal of Hellenic Studies"Indispensable for classical students who have not read the previous edition, and recommended for those who want recent information on an essential subject."--The Classical World"The many virtues of this book, which has become a classic of its kind, have been widely recognized and justly praised."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

Part 1 Antiquity: ancient books; the library of the museum and Hellenistic scholarship; other Hellenistic work; books and scholarship in the Roman Republic; developments under the early empire; archaism in the second century; the compendium and the commentary; from roll to codex; paganism and Christianity in the 4th century; the subscriptions. Part 2 The Greek east: scholarship and literature under the Roman Empire; the Christian church and classical studies; the early Byzantine period; Greek texts in the Orient; the Renaissance of the 9th century; the later Byzantine period. Part 3 The Latin west: the dark ages; Ireland and England; the Anglo-Saxon missionaries; insular influence on classical texts; the Carolingian revival; the development of Caroline miniscule; Carolingian libraries and the Latin classics; Carolingian scholarship; the Carolingian twilight; the resurgence of Monte Cassino; the 12th-century Renaissance; the scholastic age; Greek in the west in the middle ages. Part 4 The renaissance: humanism; the first humanists; the consolidation of humanism - Petrarch and his generation; Coluccio Salutati (1331-1406); the great age of discovery - Poggio (1380-1459); Latin scholarship in the 15th century - Valla and Politian; Greek studies - diplomats, refugees and book collectors; Greek scholarship in the 15th century - Bessarion and Politian; the first printed Greek texts - Aldus Manutius and Marcus Musurus; Erasmus (1469-1536). Part 5 Some aspects of scholarship since the Renaissance: the Counter-Reformation - the high Renaissance in Italy; the beginnings of humanism and scholarship in France; the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries; Richard Bentley (1662-1742) - classical and theological studies; the origins of paleography; discoveries of texts since the Renaissance - palimpsests, papyri, other manuscript discoveries, epigraphic texts; epilogue. Part 6 Textual criticism: the development of the theory of textual criticism; the stemmatic theory of recension; limitations of the stemmatic method; age and merit in individual manuscripts; indirect tradition; some other basic principles; corruptions; fluid forms of transmission - technical and popular literature; conventions in the "apparatus criticus"; conclusion.