Classical Commentaries: Explorations in a Scholarly Genre

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Christina Shuttleworth Kraus, Christopher Stray
Oxford University Press, 2016 - History - 533 pages
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This rich collection of essays by an international group of scholars explores commentaries in many different languages on ancient Latin and Greek texts. The commentaries discussed range from the ancient world to the twentieth century. Together, the chapters contribute to the dialogue between two vibrant and developing fields of study: the history of scholarship and the history of the book. The volume pays particular attention to individual commentaries, national traditions of commentary, the part played by commentaries in the reception of classical texts, and the role of printing and publishing. The material form of commentaries is also considered--including how they are advertised and their accompanying illustrations--as well as their role in education. Both academic texts and books written for schools are surveyed.

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Form and Content
Individuals Commentaries and Modern Commentators
Traditions Commentaries on Specific Authors and Texts
Material Form Series Markets
Reception History of Commentary
Futures Commentaries and the Web

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About the author (2016)

Christina S. Kraus is Thomas A. Thatcher Professor of Latin at Yale University.

Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University.

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