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

by L. D. Reynolds, N.G. Wilson

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Scribes and Scholars by L. D. Reynolds and N. G. Wilson is a treatise about the transmission of ancient Greek and Latin literature from the time of its creation until the early nineteenth century. It covers book production, libraries, book collecting, scripts, scrolls, codices, papyrus, parchment, paper, printing, book preservation, rediscovery of old and lost books, and many other similar topics. It treats the classical centuries in both Greece and Rome and the Roman Empire, the Western European Middle Ages, the Byzantine Empire, the Renaissance, and the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. It is filled with anecdotes and biographical information. It also offers a compendious description of textual criticism, its major concepts and methods.

The study is exhaustive, but Reynolds has a way with words and I didn't find it a slog to get through, except for the textual criticism parts, which Reynolds does have the good grace to warn the reader off of. One of the book's best features is detailed up-to-date bibliography (in the chapter notes). I recommend this book to classicists, medievalists, students of the Renaissance, and bibliophiles and library enthusiasts. ( )
  anthonywillard | Aug 16, 2016 |
Edition: // Descr: viii, 185 p. : plates 20.5 cm. // Series: Call No. { 847.5 R23 } Contains Select Bibliography, Index of MSS, General Index, Notes to the Plates, and Plates. // //
  ColgateClassics | Oct 26, 2012 |
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This book is designed as a simple introduction for beginners to a field of classical studies which generally remai little known or misunderstood despite its importance and intrinsic interest.

In preparing this new edition we have attempted to retain the principal feature of the original, a readable text unencumbered by a heavy apparatus of learning, and at the time to meet the criticism that the absence of notes might make it difficult for readers to pursue any topic of special interest to them.


A description of the processes by which classical literature has been transmitted from the ancient world to the present day may conveniently begin with a brief outline of the origin and growth of trade in books.
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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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