Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature

Scribes and Scholars A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature The third edition of Scribes and Scholars takes into account the numerous discoveries in this rapidly advancing field of knowledge by offering substantial revisions and additions A note on how to inte

  • Title: Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature
  • Author: L.D. Reynolds N.G. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780198721468
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • The third edition of Scribes and Scholars takes into account the numerous discoveries in this rapidly advancing field of knowledge by offering substantial revisions and additions A note on how to interpret the information given in an apparatus criticus is also included.

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    1. Bellissimo volume, per nulla noioso, con cui avevo preparato gli esami di filologia greca quando ancora studiavo Lettere classiche. Ripercorrendo la storia del libro in generale (dai rotoli di papiro fino al formato moderno), spiega come i testi sono stati trasmessi nel corso dei secoli attraverso anzitutto l'opera insostituibile e vitale degli amanuensi e, in particolare, come in presenza di lacune da colmare ed errori, trasmessi inevitabilmente anch'essi durante le varie trascrizioni a mano pr [...]

    2. This is THE book to read on the problem of the transmission of antiquity -- it is written for the educated layman, yet is a book of scholarly authority. If one gets interested in the subject, the next thing is to find a copy of Lemerle's Byzantine Humanism -- published in French, but translated into (and publ. in) English by the Aussies --. The other thing to read is vol I of Pfeiffer's History of Classical Scholarship, which is a bit denser than Reynolds, however. (Vol. II was never written, an [...]

    3. Probably interesting if you're trying to research something specific, but in general I thought it was quite boring and the information felt superfluous quite often. On top of that it reads quite slowly and is quite condescending especially about the eastern part of the Greeks and Roman Empire.

    4. This book fills an important niche for anyone interested in antiquity. How did classic Greek and Latin works survive to be available to us today? Without any fanfare or pretension, this book clearly answers the question.Pros: It is perhaps the only comprehensive guide to this topic. It's clear and well organized.The final chapter on textual criticism is illuminating, demonstrating how knowledge of the book's contents can enhance one's historical sensitivity. Cons:It goes out of its way to be bor [...]

    5. Reynolds & Wilson’s Scribes and Scholars was such a great read, though its true value to me will be as a reference work that I will no doubt turn to again and again. I read the 3rd edition, which a large number of reviewers said was the best in that it immensely improved upon the earlier editions and that the 4th edition didn’t add that much more to the work.There were many things that caught my attention. One was the Egyptians “borrowing” a definitive Athenian copy of Attic tragedie [...]

    6. One may take hope -- perhaps -- that there is an academic treatment of any subject imaginable. Having long wondered how Plato et al. survived to the present day, this volume sealed it. The authors are learned, quite, but can't write a compelling enough narrative to keep any but the most dogged pursuers of this story going. I chewed on the bone long enough, and gathered much marrow, hence the three stars, but this is not "exciting" reading of sensational appeal. Following the recent reprint of Al [...]

    7. This book was written for students and scholars, the writing is dense. It requires a slow reading but, if you are interested in the subject, is well worth it. Who knew there were small centers of learning in the dark ages that would be supported by enlightened rulers or clergy. Then they would disappear but the books copied survived until the monasteries copied them. Many books come down in only one manuscript. I thought the whole thing fascinating.

    8. Along with music for string quartet and the mathematics of random variables, the transmission and recension of classical texts are of sublime interest to me. Unfortunately, like Peter Cook's would-be judge, I never had the Latin. Thus, this witty, intelligent, sophisticated, and fascinating book will have to do. And it does.

    9. Studiato all'università, ma è una lettura anche per i non addetti ai lavori, per chi è curioso di sapere come si sono conservati i libri nell'antichità, perché certi libri sono arrivati fino a noi e altri sono andati inesorabilmente perduti.

    10. This is a gripping guide to the transmission of texts from Greco-Roman antiquity, the development of classical scholarship, and the principles of textual criticism, all rolled into one.

    11. erudito, conciso y claro. valioso el capítulo final introductorio a los problemas de crítica textual y los apparati critici

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