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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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Tragic Thrausmatology†

Tragic Thrausmatology†

The Study of the Fragments of Greek Tragedy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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(p.21) 2 Tragic Thrausmatology
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Lost Dramas of Classical Athens
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David Harvey

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859897525.003.0003

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.

Keywords:   fragmentary text, Greek tragic fragments, August Nauck, papyri, Oxyrhynchus, papyrology, Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta

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