This volume is the first half of an intellectual biography of Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609), the greatest classical scholar of his time. Anthony Grafton describes Scaliger's early work as an editor of and commentator on classical texts, setting this into the wider context of classical scholarship in the Renaissance. At the same time he interprets the major changes that Scaliger's work underwent, as responses to pressures exerted by his social situation and emotional life.
"A work of rare excellence, a masterpiece that fuses fastidious philological analysis and deft intellectual synthesis and that addresses the traditional concerns of the classicist and the historian with equal sophistication and high accuracy."--Speculum
"An absorbing study of Scaliger's criticism and exegesis set against his predecessors' and with frequent glances at later influence."--The Classical World
"Provides a masterly picture of the professional growth of one of the great scholars of early modern times."--Renaissance Quarterly
"A once a psychological portrait of Scaliger, a detailed analysis of his work and his methods, and a rich and complex panorama of the history of philological culture and Renaissance criticism."--Journal of Modern History
"Excellent...A masterful treatment of an important subject, well and even elegantly written, clearly presented, and remarkably polite even in its polemics."--The American Scholar