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Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries : Theophrastus: Characters Series Number 43 - Theophrastus

Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries

Theophrastus: Characters Series Number 43

By: Theophrastus, James Diggle (Editor)


Published: 1st October 2004
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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 unique work which had a profound influence on European literature. This is by far the most detailed and elaborate treatment of it ever published. This edition presents a radically 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. There are also extensive indexes, including an Index Verborum.

' 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
"Its elegance makes it a useful introduction for students, while its comprehensive textual analysis should insure that it will be the substantial contribution to the literature on Theophrastus' engaging, puzzling Characters for some time to come." - Nancy Worman, Barnard College, Columbia University, Classical World

Theophrastus and his times
The nature and purpose of the Characters
Some texts and commentaries
Text and translation
Abbreviations and bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521839808
ISBN-10: 0521839807
Series: Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.92