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Theophrastus: Characters

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  • Date Published: January 2007
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  • isbn: 9780511262258

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  • Theophrastus' Characters is a collection of 30 short character-sketches of various types of individuals who might be met in the streets of Athens in the late fourth century BC. It is a work which had a profound influence on European literature, and this is a detailed and elaborate treatment of it. This edition presents an improved text, a translation which is designed both to be readable and to bring out fully the nuances of the very difficult Greek, and a commentary which covers every feature of the text and its interpretation and offers particularly full elucidation of the often enigmatic references to contemporary social practices and historical events. There is also a lengthy introduction, which discusses the antecedents and affiliations of the work, its date, its purpose, and the manuscript tradition. Extensive indexes are also provided, including an Index Verborum.

    • Provides an improved text
    • Offers an alternative translation
    • Contains a comprehensive commentary on the work
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    ' This is a masterly achievement in virtually all respects, and one whose great wealth of erudition will make it an invaluable source of reference for anyone seriously concerned with the private and public psychologies of life in classical Athens.' Hermathena

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    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511262258
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction:
    1. Theophrastus and his times
    2. The nature and purpose of the Characters
    3. Date
    4. Transmission
    5. Some texts and commentaries
    Text and translation
    Commentary
    Abbreviations and bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Author

    Theophrastus

    Editor and Translator

    James Diggle, University of Cambridge
    James Diggle is Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge and a Fellow of Queens' College. His publications include Studies on the Text of Euripides (OUP, 1981), The Textual Tradition of Euripides' Orestes (Oxford University Press, 1991), and Euripidea: Collected Essays (Oxford University Press, 1994). He was University Orator at Cambridge for eleven years, and has published a selection of his speeches in Cambridge Orations 1982-1993 (Cambridge University Press 0521 466180).

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