It explores how the texts from classical Greece and Rome have survived and gives an account of the reasons why it was thought worthwhile to preserve them for future generations. In this 4th edition adjustments have been made to the text and the notes have been revised in order to take account of advances in scholarship over the last twenty years.
- A fourth edition of a book that has been warmly welcomed by students of classics and other related disciplines
- Originally issued in 1968, it has been translated into seven languages
- Revised edition is designed to take into account the advances made in the subject over the past 20 years
- Illustrated with 16 pages of black and white plates of ancient texts
New to this edition
- Takes into account the advances made in the subject over the past 20 years with updated notes and minor amendments to the text
About the Author(s)
L. D. Reynolds, Fellow and Tutor, Brasenose College, Oxford, and N. G. Wilson, Emeritus Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Lincoln College, Oxford
The Late L. D. Reynolds (d. 1999) was a Fellow and Tutor at Brasenose College, Oxford. He has editrd Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics and is responsible for the Oxford Classical Texts of Seneca (Letters and Dialogues), Sallust, and Cicero (De finibus).
N. G. Wilson is Emeritus Fellow and Tutor of Lincoln College, Oxford. With D. A. Russell, he provided an editon of Menander Rhetor with accompanying
translation and commentary. He has contributed to the Oxford Classical Text series Sophocles (in collaboration with Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones), Aristophanea (2007), and the forthcoming Herodotus.
'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 -