Scribes and Scholars

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

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This book offers an introduction for beginners to the processes by which Greek and Latin literature have been preserved. This new edition aims to respond to the urgent need to take account of the very large number of discoveries in this rapidly advancing field of knowledge by revising or enlarging certain sections of the book. A note on how to interpret the information given in an "apparatus criticus" is also included. The book should be of interest to students and scholars of Greek and Latin literature and those involved in the study of textual transmission.
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  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 135 x 205 x 31.75mm | 552g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 16pp b&w plates
  • 0198721455
  • 9780198721451

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.
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