Core Course Editing and Commenting Technique 1


Course Objective

- getting acquainted with the transmission of classical texts;
- acquiring insight in the technique of editing classical texts;
- acquiring the ability to use critical editions;
- acquiring an understanding of the structure and characteristics of
different types of commentary.

Course Content

In the first part of this course, editorial technique, the student gets
acquainted with the history of the transmission of classical texts. He
practices reading Greek manuscripts from different periods and acquires
elementary knowledge of palaeography. The theory of stemmatology and
editorial technique is discussed on the basis of seminal publications on
the subject. The practice of editing texts is demonstrated by means of a
number of case studies: Aeschylus, Epictetus and Philostratus.

In the second part of this course, commentaries, the student reads
samples of
different types of commentary (the classical ‘overall’ c.,
narratological c., linguistic c., c. for general public historical c.,
c. for general public, c. on speeches) and analyses, on the basis of
secondary literature on the format and pros and cons of (Greek and
Latin) commentaries, their strong and weak points. The samples are taken
from commentaries on Homer, Euripides Bacchae, Sophocles Oedipus
tyrannus, and Herodotus. The student will put his acquired knowledge
into practice by writing a piece of commentary himself, choosing one of
the discussed types.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Oral exam.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Classics.


To be announced.

Target Audience

Research master students of Classics.

Additional Information

This course is taught in collaboration with prof. dr. I.J.F. de Jong
For this course attendance of the classes is obligatory. If a student
misses more than 20% of the classes s/he will not be admitted to the
exam. Only linguistic students admitted to the research MA Classics and
Ancient Civilizations can take this course. The course is also open for
PhD students enrolled in OIKOS, the Netherlands research school of
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General Information

Course Code L_XAMPOHS002
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. E.M. van Opstall
Examiner dr. E.M. van Opstall
Teaching Staff prof. dr. I.J.F. de Jong
dr. E.M. van Opstall
prof. dr. G.J. Boter

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