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Women Classical ScholarsUnsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly$
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Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725206.001.0001

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Ada Sara Adler

Ada Sara Adler

‘The Greatest Woman Philologist’ of Her Time

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Women Classical Scholars

Catharine P. Roth

Oxford University Press

William Calder called Ada Adler ‘incontestably the greatest woman philologist who ever lived’. Although she never held a regular university position, by her edition of the Suda she accomplished a major work over a period of twenty-six years. Her edition not only offers a model for subsequent publications in Greek lexicography but also provides a reliable basis for study of lost works known only through quotations in lexica. After studying at the University of Copenhagen, Adler began preparation for editing the Suda. After World War I, she resumed the work. She completed the Suda edition before World War II, in spite of potential restrictions on Teubner’s ability to publish the work of a Jewish scholar. During the war, she made efforts to assist German Jewish academics. She was among the Danish Jews evacuated to Sweden. Returning to Copenhagen after the war, Ada died of illness in December 1946.

Keywords:   Ada Adler, Suda lexicon, lexicography, Byzantine Greek, Danish scholars

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