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The Colloquia of the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana

Volume 1. Colloquia Monacensia-Einsidlensia, Leidense-Stephani, and Stephani


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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107020108

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  • The Colloquia are manuals written to help ancient Greeks and Romans get around in each other's languages; they contain examples of how to conduct activities like shopping, banking, visiting friends, hosting parties, taking oaths, winning lawsuits, using the public baths, having fights, making excuses and going to school. They thus offer a unique glimpse of daily life in the Early Roman Empire and are an important resource for understanding ancient culture. They have, however, been unjustly neglected because until now there has not been any modern editions of the texts, no translations into any modern language, and little understanding of what the Colloquia are and where they come from. This book makes the Colloquia accessible for the first time by combining a new edition, translation and commentary with a ground-breaking, comprehensive study of their origins. It is clearly written and will interest students, non-specialists and professional scholars alike.

    • Provides the first modern edition of the Colloquia
    • Presents the first translation of the Colloquia ever made into any modern language
    • The first major study of the Colloquia in over a century, allowing a better understanding of many related topics, including ancient education, ancient bilingualism and aspects of everyday life in the ancient world
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    • Winner, 2016 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit, Society for Classical Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107020108
    • length: 285 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 215 x 19 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Colloquia Monacensia-Einsidlensia (ME)
    3. Colloquium Leidense-Stephani (LS)
    4. Colloquium Stephani (S)
    5. Appendix: comparison of capitula sections
    Concordance with earlier editions

  • Editor

    Eleanor Dickey, University of Reading
    Eleanor Dickey is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on the Latin and Greek languages and the ways they were studied in antiquity, including Greek Forms of Address (1996), Latin Forms of Address (2002) and Ancient Greek Scholarship (2007). She also has extensive experience of teaching elementary languages, both Greek and Latin, and has brought to bear on her understanding of ancient language-teaching materials both that experience in general and specific tests of the Colloquia on modern students.


    • Winner, 2016 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit, Society for Classical Studies

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