Brill’s Companion to Ancient Greek Scholarship aims at providing a reference work in the field of ancient Greek and Byzantine scholarship and grammar, thus encompassing the broad and multifaceted philological and linguistic research activity during the entire Greek Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The first part of the volume offers a thorough historical overview of ancient scholarship, which covers the period from its very beginnings to the Byzantine era. The second part focuses on the disciplinary profile of ancient scholarship by investigating its main scientific topics. The third and final part presents the particular work of ancient scholars in various philological and linguistic matters, and also examines the place of scholarship and grammar from an interdisciplinary point of view, especially from their interrelation with rhetoric, philosophy, medicine and nature sciences.
Franco Montanari is professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the Università degli Studi di Genova. He is the author of the Greek-Italian dictionary, to be published in English translation by Brill as
Brill's Dictionary of Ancient Greek in 2015. He has published monographs and articles and co-edited volumes on Homer, Ancient Greek scholarship and Greek papyri, including
Brill’s Companion to Hesiod (2009; with A. Rengakos and Chr. Tsagalis).
Stephanos Matthaios is assistant professor of Ancient Greek at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published a monograph and a series of articles on ancient scholarship and linguistics. He is co-editor of the volume
Ancient Scholarship and Grammar (De Gruyter, 2011; together with F. Montanari and A. Rengakos) and associate editor of the
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (
EAGLL; Brill, 2014).
Antonios Rengakos is professor of Greek at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published monographs and articles and co-edited volumes on Homer, Greek historiography and Hellenistic poetry, including Brill’s Companions to Apollonius Rhodius (2008; with Th. Papanghelis), to Thucydides (2006; with A. Tsakmakis) and to Hesiod (2009; with F. Montanari and Chr. Tsagalis).
...monumental in its breadth, rigor, and clarity..." P. E. Ojennus in
CHOICE, April 2016.
Table of contents
Part 1- History 1 Greek Scholarship from its Beginnings to Alexandria
Anna Novokhatko 2 Hellenistic Scholarship
Fausto Montana 3 Philology and Grammar in the Imperial Era and Late Antiquity: An Historical and Systematic Outline
Stephanos Matthaios 4 Scholarship in the Byzantine Empire (529–1453)
Part 2- Disciplinary Profiles 1 The Sources of our Knowledge of Ancient Scholarship
Eleanor Dickey 2 Definitions of Grammar
Alfons Wouters—Pierre Swiggers 3 Typology of Philological Writings
Markus Dubischar 4 Typology of Grammatical Treatises
Stefano Valente 5 Typology of Lexicographical Works
Part 3 - Between Theory and Practice
Section 3.1 - Scholarship 1 Ekdosis. A Product of the Ancient Scholarship
Franco Montanari 2 The Rhetorical Criticism of Homer
Richard Hunter 3 Poetics and Literary Criticism in the Framework of Ancient Greek Scholarship
Section 3.2 - Grammar 1 Description of the Constituent Elements of the (Greek) Language
Pierre Swiggers and Alfons Wouters 2 Language Correctness (
Hellenismos) and Its Criteria
Lara Pagani 3 Syntax
Jean Lallot 4 Ancient Etymology: A Tool for Thinking
Ineke Sluiter 5 Ancient Theory of Prosody
Philomen Probert 6 Orthography
Stefano Valente Section 3.3 - Philological and Linguistic Observations and Theories in Interdisciplinary Context 1 Grammatical Theory and Rhetorical Teaching
Casper C. de Jonge 2 Philological Observations and Approaches to Language in the Philosophical Context
Walter Lapini 3 Mythography
Claudio Meliadò 4 Historiography, Ethnography, Geography
Roberto Nicolai 5 Medicine and Exegesis
Daniela Manetti 6 Hellenistic Astronomers and Scholarship
Raffaele Luiselli 7 On the Interface of Philology and Science: The Case of Zoology
Anyone interested in the study of Ancient Greek and Byzantine scholarship and grammar.