Expurgating the Classics

Expurgating the Classics : Editing Out in Greek and Latin

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In the first collection to be devoted to this subject, a distinguished cast of contributors explores expurgation in both Greek and Latin authors in ancient and modern times. The major focus is on the period from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with chapters ranging from early Greek lyric and Aristophanes through Lucretius, Horace, Martial and Catullus to the expurgation of schoolboy texts, the Loeb Classical Library and the Penguin Classics. The contributors draw on evidence from the papers of editors, and on material in publishing archives. The introduction discusses both the different types of expurgation, and how it differs from related phenomena such as censorship.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.45mm | 278g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1472558537
  • 9781472558534
  • 1,399,071

Table of contents

Introduction: The Varieties of Expurgation
Stephen Harrison and Christopher Stray

Expurgation in Early Greek Lyric
Ewen Bowie (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

'Seeing the Meat for What It Is': Probing Aristophanic Phallacies
Ian Ruffell (University of Glasgow)

Headlam's Herodas
Dan Orrells (Warwick University)

Flowers in the wilderness: Greek epigram in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Gideon Norbit

'Contempta Relinquas: Anxiety and Expurgation in Printed Editions of Lucretius' de rerum natura'
David Butterfield (Queens' College, Cambridge)

Expurgating Horace 1660-1900
Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Modifying Martial in Nineteenth-century Britain
T. J. Leary (Hampton School)
Catullus and 'Comment in English': The Tradition of the Expurgated Commentary Before Fordyce
Gail Trimble (Trinity College, Oxford)

'From Out the Schoolboy's Vision': Expurgation and the Young Reader
James Morwood (Wadham College, Oxford)

'For the Gentleman and the Scholar': Sexual and Scatological References in the Loeb Classical Library
Philip Lawton
How to Fillet a Penguin: Remarks on Bowdlerizing the Classics
Robert Crowe (Penguin Archive)

Deborah H. Roberts

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Review quote

The cumulative impact of reading this book is to make the reader far more aware than he or she might have been of the decisions and impulses that go into producing texts, translations, and commentaries of Greek and Latin literature...This volume makes an original and valuable contribution to our knowledge about expurgation and the field of classics. Its various chapters present a host of fascinating examples, as well as enlightened theorizing on the topic. -- Ronnie Ancona, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
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About Bloomsbury Publishing

Stephen Harrison is Professor of Latin Literature, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles, including Vergil Aeneid 10 (1991), Homage to Horace (ed.) (1995), Apuleius: a Latin Sophist (2000), Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace (2007).

Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Classics, University of London. He is a leading expert on the history of classical scholarship and the editor or co-editor of several collected volumes including Oxford Classics (2007), Remaking the Classics (2007), AE Housman (2009) and Classical Dictionaries (2010).
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