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

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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.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 9th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1974)
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AC
Dec 02, 2010 AC rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Charlie
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
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Doug
Nov 12, 2009 Doug added it
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 ...more
Bill
Oct 13, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
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.
Tony Gualtieri
Jan 29, 2015 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing
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.
Maria
Jun 25, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
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.
AskHistorians
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.
Joy
Jun 16, 2008 Joy rated it it was amazing
FASCINATING! I promise.
Alex
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erudito, conciso y claro. valioso el capítulo final introductorio a los problemas de crítica textual y los apparati critici
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