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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Commentaria et Lexica Graeca in Papyris reperta (CLGP) I.I.4

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.05.18
Guido Bastianini, Michael Haslam, Herwig Maehler, Franco Montanari, Cornelia E. Römer, Commentaria et Lexica Graeca in Papyris reperta (CLGP), adiuvante Marco Stroppa, Pars I: Commentaria et Lexica in auctores; vol. 1, fasc.4: Aristophanes - Bacchylides. München / Leipzig: K.G. Sauer, 2006. Pp. xxxii, 310; pls. 8. ISBN 13: 978-3-598-73054-2. €138.00.

Reviewed by William Slater, McMaster University (slaterw@mcmaster.ca)
Word count: 2483 words

The first fascicule of volume I of this series (Aeschines - Alcaeus) was reviewed favourably and at some length by Fr. Schironi in BMCR 2005.09.81; with its general tenor this reviewer is in agreement. As promised, fasc. 4 has appeared two years later, and fasc 2 and 3 of Part I.1 (Alcman - Archilochus) are promised for 2007 and 2008. Three more volumes of part I: papyrus 'commentaries and lexical notes' to specific ancient authors are scheduled, followed by II: commentaries to adespota, and III: ancient lexica and glossaries on papyrus. The overall aims and structure of CLGP set out in fasc. 1 are maintained here, and data up to late 2005 have been included, as well as photographs of unpublished papyri. The authors that appear here are Aristophanes (35 fragments); Aristotle (8); Autokleides (1); Bacchylides (7). Since Aristophanes bulks so large, the editors could rely for much of their material on the 2002 published dissertation of S. Trojahn, Die auf Papyri erhaltenen Kommentare zur alten Komödie. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der antiken Philologie. The aim is to put before scholars a ready collection of the ancient material on a solid textual basis classified by author, so that those interested in that author can have both the lemmata and ancient exegesis at hand. Since a volume of indices is planned to complete the series, each fascicule has only an index of the headings and sub-headings of the fragments, here on two unnumbered pages at the back, e.g. 9: P.Bingen 18. Note marginali a Eq. 998-1001, 1008-1012. The titles -- in German and Italian -- reveal the nature of the material, "Marginal notes to x", "Lexical notes", "Commentary on x", where one observes that the lexical notes usually are excerpted from the lexica that will be published in the 3rd volume. The exception is Bacchylides fr.3, called "Prosa mit Zitat von Bacchylides 15,56", which is too fragmentary to classify.
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