Expurgating the Classics: Editing Out in Latin and Greek by Stephen Harrison, Christopher Stray

By Stephen Harrison, Christopher Stray

In the 1st assortment to be dedicated to this topic, a exotic forged of participants explores expurgation in either Greek and Latin authors in historic and sleek occasions. the foremost concentration is at the interval from the 17th to the 20 th century, with chapters starting from early Greek lyric and Aristophanes via Lucretius, Horace, Martial and Catullus to the expurgation of schoolboy texts, the Loeb Classical Library and the Penguin Classics. The individuals draw on proof from the papers of editors, and on fabric in publishing documents. The advent discusses either the differing kinds of expurgation, and the way it differs from comparable phenomena reminiscent of censorship.

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