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Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans$
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Christopher Collard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675730.001.0001

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Two Early Collectors of Euripidean Fragments: Dirk Canter (1545–1617) and Joshua Barnes (1654–1712)

Two Early Collectors of Euripidean Fragments: Dirk Canter (1545–1617) and Joshua Barnes (1654–1712)

(p.193) 14 Two Early Collectors of Euripidean Fragments: Dirk Canter (1545–1617) and Joshua Barnes (1654–1712)
Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans

Christopher Collard

Liverpool University Press

This article assesses two works greatly different in significance. The Fleming Dirk Canter, brother of Willem the editor of all Euripides in 1573, began with him the systematic and methodologically precocious collection of Euripides’ fragments in quotation in other ancient authors; it remained unpublished, and largely unknown and unused, until the 1980's, and is now in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Canter's work on the fragments (but not his manuscript) was known to Barnes, who published the first complete annotated edition of Euripides in 1694; it included fragments reprinted from Grotius’ two anthologies of 1623 and 1626, and a very few gathered by Barnes himself – but no scholarly apparatus. Barnes quickly realised his shortcomings, and left copious supplementary notes handwritten in his own copy – now also in Oxford. The article includes biographical and evaluative matter for Barnes.

Keywords:   Euripides, fragments, early collectors, Dirk Canter, Barnes

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