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Lost Dramas of Classical AthensGreek Tragic Fragments$
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Fiona McHardy, James Robson, and David Harvey

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780859897525

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859897525.001.0001

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Fragments and Their Collectors†

Fragments and Their Collectors†

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(p.7) 1 Fragments and Their Collectors
Source:
Lost Dramas of Classical Athens
Author(s):

Rudolf Kassel

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859897525.003.0002

This chapter traces the history of scholarship on tragic fragments from its beginnings in the sixteenth and seventeenth up to the nineteenth century, finishing with the work of August Meineke. It outlines some of the battles which were fought over the legitimacy of fragments as a proper subject of scholarship. It shows that early editions of fragments generally took the form of collections of moral sententiae. Works in which fragments were meticulously catalogued and reconstructions of lost plays attempted did not appear before the eighteenth century, and even then the habit of collecting fragments as sententiae was the rule rather than the exception. In the nineteenth century, fragments became a concern of mainstream scholarship, and more modern approaches to collecting and presenting fragments began to prevail.

Keywords:   fragmentary text, August Meineke, Greek tragic fragments, moral sententiae

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