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Part 1 Antiquity: ancient books; the library of the museum and Hellenistic scholarship; other Hellenistic work; books and scholarship in the Roman Republic; developments under the early empire; archaism in the second century; the compendium and the commentary; from roll to codex; paganism and Christianity in the 4th century; the subscriptions. Part 2 The Greek east: scholarship and literature under the Roman Empire; the Christian church and classical studies; the early Byzantine period; Greek texts in the Orient; the Renaissance of the 9th century; the later Byzantine period. Part 3 The Latin west: the dark ages; Ireland and England; the Anglo-Saxon missionaries; insular influence on classical texts; the Carolingian revival; the development of Caroline miniscule; Carolingian libraries and the Latin classics; Carolingian scholarship; the Carolingian twilight; the resurgence of Monte Cassino; the 12th-century Renaissance; the scholastic age; Greek in the west in the middle ages. Part 4 The renaissance: humanism; the first humanists; the consolidation of humanism - Petrarch and his generation; Coluccio Salutati (1331-1406); the great age of discovery - Poggio (1380-1459); Latin scholarship in the 15th century - Valla and Politian; Greek studies - diplomats, refugees and book collectors; Greek scholarship in the 15th century - Bessarion and Politian; the first printed Greek texts - Aldus Manutius and Marcus Musurus; Erasmus (1469-1536). Part 5 Some aspects of scholarship since the Renaissance: the Counter-Reformation - the high Renaissance in Italy; the beginnings of humanism and scholarship in France; the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries; Richard Bentley (1662-1742) - classical and theological studies; the origins of paleography; discoveries of texts since the Renaissance - palimpsests, papyri, other manuscript discoveries, epigraphic texts; epilogue. Part 6 Textual criticism: the development of the theory of textual criticism; the stemmatic theory of recension; limitations of the stemmatic method; age and merit in individual manuscripts; indirect tradition; some other basic principles; corruptions; fluid forms of transmission - technical and popular literature; conventions in the "apparatus criticus"; conclusion.


'For the third edition the authors have not only brought the bibliographical notes up to date but also made extensive amendments and additions, both small and large, throughout the text.' James Diggle, Queens' College, Cambridge, The Classical Review 'This is a very fine book indeed. The text is written with admirable lucidity, wit and charm. The book itself is a clearly printed and stout paperback, well worth the reommended retail price of $44.95, and of course, as befits a volume produced by the Oxford University Press on this topic above all, the text is flawless. Clearly I would recommend Scribes and Scholars as a valuable acquisition for a school library which could be consulted with profit by senior students ... this book, with its overwhelming proof of the centrality of Classics in the western tradition, is essential reading.' M. Dyson, University of Queensland, Ancient History, 1992, No. 2 'This enlarged version remains a valuable resource for both graduate student and scholar. Scribes and Scholars is a book which has done much good and will continue to do so.' E. Christian Kopff, University of Colorado, Classical Bulletin (1992) 'The third edition of this superb work has been carefully revised to reflect advances in classical scholarship since publication of the previous edition. The work is indispensable for classical students who have not read the previous edition, and recommended for those who want recent information on an essential subject.' Gerald O'Sullivan, Stockton State College, Classical World

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