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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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Athenaeus, the Epitome, Eustathius and Quotations from Tragedy

Athenaeus, the Epitome, Eustathius and Quotations from Tragedy

Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica 97 (1969) 157–79

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(p.69) 5 Athenaeus, the Epitome, Eustathius and Quotations from Tragedy
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Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans
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Christopher Collard

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675730.003.0005

The polymath Athenaeus (2nd Century AD) is a literary treasure-house of quotations, many unique, from Greek literature, particularly verse and Tragedy. The paper assesses their number of these book-fragments (quotations in other ancient authors), and their accuracy when the source-texts survive complete, and by comparison their probable reliability when only Athenaeus preserves them. These issues are the chief subject of the paper, which begins with the author's methodology. It first takes account, however, of a problem in Athenaeus’ own text, the relationship between the medieval manuscripts of the complete work and an Epitome which, when the paper was written was attributed to the 11th Century Byzantine scholar Eustathius.

Keywords:   Athenaeus, the Epitome, Eustathius, quotations, textual quality, methodology

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