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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779919.001.0001

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Disciplinary Histories of Classics

Disciplinary Histories of Classics

(p.112) Disciplinary Histories of Classics
History of Universities

Christopher Stray

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses ‘disciplinary histories’, which refer to three different things. First are the published histories of classical scholarship like those of J. E. Sandys, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, and Rudolf Pfeiffer. Their works offer a variety of approaches and styles, and between them indicate the relationship between English scholarship and the once-dominant German tradition of Altertumswissenschaft. Second are the stories that tell of the emergence of classics as a modern field of study, from the early nineteenth century onwards. The field emerged as a contemporary romantic reaction against Enlightenment rationalism in Germany as the characteristic pedagogic institution of the nineteenth-century German university. Last are the histories of Classics as a means to the confirmation of scholarly identity—that is, histories which themselves possess a disciplining function. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the role of journals in disciplinary identity.

Keywords:   disciplinary histories, published histories, classical scholarship, English scholarship, Altertumswissenschaft, classics, disciplinary identity, J.E. Sandys, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Rudolf Pfeiffer

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