Ancient scientific literature, especially the scholia, have been of much less interest to the researchers than texts representing other literary genres. Yet, the potential of knowledge contained in the commentaries is huge and still little explored [...]. Therefore, it is even more pleasing that the two scholars have undertaken research into the scholia on Pausanias, in which, as in the commentaries on other authors, there is a lot of valuable information allowing for a more thorough analysis and interpretation of the text.
The authors of this book took on a task to translate the scholia on Pausanias along with providing a comprehensive introduction, commentary, bibliography and indices. The project is all the more valuable because it is the first translation into English, which makes the work also accessible to the international scientific community. It is worth adding that it is also the world’s first translation into an international language. The research method and its insight testify to the Authors’ excellent knowledge of the subject matter. Translation nd commentaries to the scholia deserve a similar praise. The way of translating texts and, in particular, the knowledge of specific expressions and phrases that appear in the scholia prove the Authors’ skills. The Authors interpret the texts properly and include various research techniques. Their comments to the original scholia and their translations are extremely valuable. They provide relevant complementary information. It is also worth mentioning the extensive bibliography which covers source texts, as well as a wide range of studies. The indices included at the end of the book, Index nominum and Index locorum, prove very useful when reading the book.
Prof. Jadwiga Czerwińska
State of the research
Authorship and dating
References to Periegesis
Scholia on Pausanias (Scholia ad Pausaniam). Translation and commentary
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