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W. S. Barrett and M. L. West

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203574.001.0001

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Review of Turyn on the Manuscripts of Euripides *

Review of Turyn on the Manuscripts of Euripides *

(p.420) 19 Review of Turyn on the Manuscripts of Euripides*
Greek Lyric, Tragedy, and Textual Criticism

W. S. Barrett

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a review of The Byzantine Manuscript Tradition of the Tragedies of Euripides by Alexander Turyn. Turyn has provided an immensely valuable repository of fact: we have now for the first time a catalogue of every surviving manuscript of Euripides, described with commendable accuracy, and with enough readings cited to give us at least an indication of its character. However, his views on the relationship of the manuscripts are often not merely wrong but perversely wrong: they are inquinated by a desire to find simplicity in a tradition that is at all stages tangled and confused, to explain in terms of a tidy Lachmannian stemma facts which cry aloud that they are due to contamination.

Keywords:   Euripides, Alexander Turyn, manuscript

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