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Book Review: 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

Author(s):L. D. Reynolds, N. G. Wilson
Area/Classification:Languages
Edition:3
Date Published:2004
Website:None listed
Appropriate for Age:All
Keywords:Greek Latin classics textual transmission

Comments:

 This book could as easily have been classified as history, Latin, Greek, or literature, and it was a required text for several courses I took in graduate school myself back in the late 1970s. Now in its third edition, it's a peek under the hood, so to speak, of the processes whereby the texts we consider classics have reached us. It looks at the book as a physical artifact, and explores, with scholarly precision, but in terms accessible to the layman, what it means for a text to have survived, and the nature and perils of manuscript transmission. For those who haven't considered this set of issues before, it's often an eye-opener; for those who have, it's a wonderful repository of information and theory of the sometimes shaky but always intriguing foundations on which our grasp of classical literature rests.

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