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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 [Kindle Edition]

L. D. Reynolds , N. G. Wilson
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"A valuable resource for both graduate student and scholar....Every student of ancient literature needs to own and read this book."--Classical Bulletin"A thorough, lively and up-to-date assessment of a complex historical process; an excellent introduction."--Charles Witke, University of MichiganPraise for the First Edition "This is an excellent book; its authors have fulfilled with striking success their aim to produce 'a simple introduction for beginners to the processes by which Greek and Latin literature have been preserved.' They have dealt with the essentials of this vast subject, and with the rudiments of textual criticism, in five very readable chapters, and their book deserves to be lastingly popular with...undergraduates."--Journal of Hellenic Studies"Indispensable for classical students who have not read the previous edition, and recommended for those who want recent information on an essential subject."--The Classical World"The many virtues of this book, which has become a classic of its kind, have been widely recognized and justly praised."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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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.

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  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (30 Jun 1968)
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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book is not only valuable to the classicist studying the history of texts, but also to anyone who is interested in the way ideas are handed down from one generation to another. The concluding chapter on understanding the apparatus criticus and the principles of textual scholarship is particularly enlightening, so that now I am able to make sense of the textual history of the Greek or Latin text I am studying. This is quite an expensive book, but by the time you get on to reading texts, it is essential to understand the issues it discusses. The language is fairly straightforward and comprehensible, but in no way patronising. As is the case with most Clarendon Press publications, there are virtually no misprints.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource and extremely readable 10 Nov 2011
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a 'must' for anyone working on classical reception or students interested in how classical texts have been preserved and transmitted down to us. Given the sources, it's especially good on the humanists who didn't just uncover manuscripts, some of which had been hidden in monastery libraries or 'lost' during the so-called 'dark ages' but also started emending texts and writing vast commentaries which are invaluable to scholars today trying to understand how texts were read historically.

This type of book could be a dry read but to the authors' credit it isn't. I would hesitate to recommend this to the general reader, however, but it's invaluable to classicists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scribes and Scholars 11 Jun 2010
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Not a book for the ordinary person interested in history. I found it somewhat over technical although very scholarly and of value.
The only book I can compare it to is "Testaments of Time" by Leo Deuel and it falls down in comparison mainly in the style it is written in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic textbook 23 Oct 2001
By Roger Pearse - Published on
"Scribes and Scholars" has become a classic. Now in the 3rd edition, it is a standard university textbook. It has also been translated into French with an additional bibliography by the great French scholar Pierre Petitmengin.
This books sets out to tell the story of how ancient literature travelled down the ages from the original authors to arrive in printed form in our hands. The focus is on the era to 1500, when printing takes over.
Everyone knows that before printing was invented, the only books were individually hand-copied. Reynolds and Wilson discuss the book trade of antiquity. The materials available - papyrus, parchment, leather and eventually paper - affect the story. The types of bookhand available in each era are discussed. When the Roman empire in the West collapsed, with it went not merely its military and political structures, but in fact every area of society, including the language itself. In the Greek East the picture was different, as Greek progressed on the long journey from Pericles to Papadopulous. Syriac and Arabic manuscripts are also mentioned. Each chapter has an interesting bibliography in the form of additional notes, which acts as a gateway into the literature.
The renaissance rediscovery is covered, in the only decent account in English.
Limitations? It would be very nice to have yet more footnotes. However this is hardly a criticism. Almost any section could easily be twice the length. I admit that I hanker for a longer book - yet this would probably be much less useful to most people.
One thing that becomes very quickly apparent is just how little material there is in English on this subject. The reader who seeks further information will find himself faced with non-English journals fairly quickly.
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to get a real idea of just how our ancient heritage survived. Its easy reading too! Unreservedly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to the history of classical scholarship 12 Jun 2000
By theCardiffGiant - Published on
Informative and invaluable, Scribes and Scholars lends itself to the curiosity of the litterati as well as it does to the serious inquiry of beginning scholars. From the viable book trade of ancient Greece, through the centuries of forgotten scholarship and preservation, to the impetus of modern textual criticism, Scribes and Scholars is informing, engaging, and worth the cost.
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1.0 out of 5 stars All the greek letters are screwed! 7 April 2012
By Ivano Stenta - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
For such an important and expensive ebook they should at least have checked the ocr (i.e. the coversion from print to ebook). It got all the greek letters wrong, not recognizing them as such. That's pretty bad for a philology textbook.

There's more ocr errors, but these are the worst ones.

Download the sample and look for the string

"an adjective which appears to be in the nominative singular"

the word that follow should be greek, written in greek font.

Don't buy this, try looking for a pdf somewhere else.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scribes, scholars, and modern academics 14 Feb 2007
By John Cisne - Published on
Great book. Nothing quite like it. Useful reference for further investigations. Good introduction to Reynolds' "Texts and Transmission" (Oxford, '83, reprinted), another singular work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No page numbers in the Kindle version 22 July 2013
By GP - Published on
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This is a great book, the best treatment of its topic available in English. On content alone, five stars. But the decision to publish it for the Kindle without page numbers is rank stupidity, and makes this version practically useless. This is an academic book: scholars need to be able to cite it in a way that makes sense to other scholars with the print edition. A student buying this and then wanting to make use of it in a term-paper will have to re-locate every passage by cross-checking it with a paper copy. A total waste of time. Amazon have done themselves no favours here.
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