The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory

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This collection explores the issues raised by the writing and reading of commentaries on classical Greek and Latin texts. Written primarily by practising commentators, the papers examine philosophical, narratological, and historiographical commentaries; ancient, Byzantine, and Renaissance commentary practice and theory, with special emphasis on Galen, Tzetzes, and La Cerda; the relationship between the author of the primary text, the commentary writer, and the reader; special problems posed by fragmentary and ...

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Overview

This collection explores the issues raised by the writing and reading of commentaries on classical Greek and Latin texts. Written primarily by practising commentators, the papers examine philosophical, narratological, and historiographical commentaries; ancient, Byzantine, and Renaissance commentary practice and theory, with special emphasis on Galen, Tzetzes, and La Cerda; the relationship between the author of the primary text, the commentary writer, and the reader; special problems posed by fragmentary and spurious texts; the role and scope of citation, selectivity, lemmatization, and revision; the practical future of commentary-writing and publication; and the way computers are changing the shape of the classical commentary. With a genesis in discussion panels mounted in the UK in 1996 and the US in 1997, the volume continues recent international dialogue on the genre and future of commentaries.

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'This splendid book offers a varied and thoughtful meditation on the role of the commentary in contemporary classical scholarship.'
B.J. Gibson, BCMR, 2005.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004121539
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #232
  • Pages: 432

Meet the Author

Christina Shuttleworth Kraus is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Oriel College, Oxford. She has written a commentary on Livy Ab Vrbe Condita VI (Cambridge 1994) and published on Greek tragic narrative and Roman historiography, including The limits of historiography (Brill, 1999). She is preparing a commentary on Caesar, De bello gallico VII.
Roy K. Gibson is Lecturer in Classics in the Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Manchester. He has published articles on Augustan poetry, and is the author of a commentary on Ovid, Ars Amatoria 3 (CUP, 2002). He plans to work next on a commentary on the letters of Pliny the Younger.
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Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
List of Contributors
Further Reading
1 Introduction: Reading Commentaries/Commentaries as Reading 1
2 Starting from the Telemachy 29
3 A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey: Principles and Problems 49
4 Commenting on Fragments 67
5 The Sense of an Author: Theocritus and [Theocritus] 89
6 "A Woman Does Not Become Ambidextrous": Galen and the Culture of Scientific Commentary 109
7 Classical Commentary in Byzantium: John Tzetzes on Ancient Greek Literature 141
8 Juan Luis de La Cerda and the Predicament of Commentary 171
9 The Way We Were: R. G. Austin, In Caelianam 205
10 The Xenophon Factory 235
11 Between Scylla and Charybdis? Historiographical Commentaries on Latin Historians 269
12 Handling a Philosophical Text 295
13 Text and Commentary: The Example of Cicero's Philosophica 319
14 'Cf. e.g.': A Typology of 'Parallels' and the Role of Commentaries on Latin Poetry 331
15 A Network with a Thousand Entrances: Commentary in an Electronic Age? 359
16 Commenting on Commentaries: A Pragmatic Postscript 403
Index 423
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