Expurgating the Classics: Editing Out in Greek and Latin

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A&C Black, Dec 20, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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In the first collection to be devoted to this subject, a distinguished cast of contributors explores expurgation in both Greek and Latin authors in ancient and modern times. The major focus is on the period from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with chapters ranging from early Greek lyric and Aristophanes through Lucretius, Horace, Martial and Catullus to the expurgation of schoolboy texts, the Loeb Classical Library and the Penguin Classics. The contributors draw on evidence from the papers of editors, and on material in publishing archives. The introduction discusses both the different types of expurgation, and how it differs from related phenomena such as censorship.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
expurgation of Greek melic elegiac and iambic poetry
9
Aristophanic expurgation and its phallacies
25
the art of suggestion
53
Greek epigram in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
73
anxiety and expurgation in the publication of Lucretius De rerum natura
95
6 Expurgating Horace 16601900
115
7 Modifying Martial in nineteenthcentury Britain
127
the tradition of the expurgated commentary before Fordyce
143
expurgation and the young reader
163
sexual and scatological references in the Loeb Classical Library
175
11 How to fillet a Penguin
197
Afterword
213
Index
221
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Stephen Harrison is Professor of Latin Literature, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles, including Vergil Aeneid 10 (1991), Homage to Horace (ed.) (1995), Apuleius: a Latin Sophist (2000), Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace (2007).

Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History and Classics, Swansea University, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Classics, University of London. He is a leading expert on the history of classical scholarship and the editor or co-editor of several collected volumes including Oxford Classics (2007), Remaking the Classics (2007), AE Housman (2009) and Classical Dictionaries (2010).

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