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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful in understanding textual history
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scribes and Scholars
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful in understanding textual history, 7 May 2001
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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
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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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