The Study of the Fragments of Greek Tragedy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
This chapter traces the history of scholarship on fragments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It begins by surveying the major collections of fragments from the nineteenth century before discussing the work of perhaps the most influential scholar in this field: August Nauck. It covers Nauck's work at a time when tragic papyri were virtually unknown, and presents an account of the exciting discoveries in the late nineteenth century of papyri at Oxyrhynchus leading to the coining, in 1898, of the name of a new academic discipline: papyrology. The chapter provides an overview of scholarly editions of fragments and trends in scholarship in the twentieth century, the highlight of which is the five volume Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (TrGF) of Snell, Radt and Kannicht.
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