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Classical Commentaries: Explorations in a Scholarly Genre

Christina S. Kraus and Christopher Stray


This book consists of twenty-six chapters on classical commentaries which deal with commentaries from the ancient world to the twentieth century. The book contributes to the interface between two emerging fields of study: the history of scholarship and the history of the book. It builds on earlier work on this area by paying particular attention to: (1) specific editions, whether those regarded as classics in their own right, or those that seem representative of important trends or orientations in scholarship; (2) traditions of commentary on specific classical authors; and (3) the processes of ... More

Keywords: history of scholarship, publishing history, ancient commentaries, education, Greek commentaries, Latin commentaries

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina S. Kraus, editor
Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin, Yale University

Christopher Stray, editor
Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History and Classics, Swansea University

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1 Form and Content

Christina S. Kraus and C.A. Stray

Part 1 Individuals: Commentaries and Modern Commentators

2 Jebb’s Sophocles

P.J. Finglass

3 A Teutonic Monster in Oxford

Christopher Stray

4 My Back Pages

Richard F. Thomas

6 Dodds’ Bacchae

S.P. Oakley

Part 2 Traditions: Commentaries on Specific Authors and Texts

8 Commenting on Fragments

Jackie Elliott

9 Between Scylla and Charybdis

Armand D’Angour

Part 3 Material: Form, Series, Markets

17 Agricolan Paratexts

Christina S. Kraus

Part 4 Reception: History of Commentary

Part 5 Futures: Commentaries and the Web

24 Heracles’ Choice

Peter J. Anderson

26 The Future of Antiquity

Sander M. Goldberg

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