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Module Reading List

Principles and Practices of Research in Classics, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Regine May
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

CLAS5500M Module Bibliography

Note that not all sessions have bibliographies attached; this is because some sessions, especially in the second half of the module, are of a practical nature and do not require the reading of secondary literature.


Section 1: History and Development of the Discipline I-V


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Week 1: The impact of translations: background to the ideas and theories behind translation, and some of the studies carried out thereon.

Armstrong, R., 2008. Classical Translations of the Classics: The Dynamics of Literary Tradition in Retranslating Epic Poetry. In: Lianeri and Zajko (eds), Translation and the classic : identity as change in the history of culture, pp. 169-202.

Burrow, C., 1997. Virgil in English Translation. In: Martindale, C. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Virgil. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, pp. 21–37.

Carne-Ross, D. S., 2010. Classics and translation : essays. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press. [see ‘Robert Fitzgerald as translator: the Odyssey, the Iliad, and the Aeneid ’]

Corse, T., 1991. Dryden's Aeneid : the English Virgil. London: University of Delaware Press: Associated University Presses. [Chs. 2, 3 and 5 likely to be useful] Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Gillespie, S., 2011. English translation and classical reception : towards a new literary history. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. [Chs. 1 & 2]

Gillespie, S., and Hopkins, D. (eds), 2006. The Oxford history of literary translation in English. Volume 2, 1550-1660, Volume 2. [See Ch. on epic and translation]

Hardwick, L., and Stray, C. (eds), 2008 . A companion to classical receptions. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Heyworth, S. J. (ed., with P.G. Fowler and S.J. Harrison), 2007. Classical constructions papers in memory of Don Fowler, classicist and Epicurean. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lianeri, A. and Zajko, V. (eds)., 2008. Translation and the classic : identity as change in the history of culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lianeri, A. and Zajko, V., 2008. Translation and the classic : identity as change in the history of cultureISBN: 9780199288076 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0199288070 (hbk.) : £75.00; 9780191558382 (ebk.). 1-26.

Rener, F. M., 1989. Interpretatio : language and translation from Cicero to Tytler. Amsterdam; Atlanta, GA: Rodopi. [Introduction and epilogue] Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Roberts, D., 2007. Translating Antiquity: Intertextuality, Anachronism, and Archaism. In: Heyworth, S. J. (ed.), Classical constructions papers in memory of Don Fowler, classicist and Epicurean, pp. 258-80.

Schaps, D. M., 2011. Handbook for classical research. London: Routledge. [Chapter 30: Translations]

Silk, M., Gildenhard, I., and Barrow, R. (eds), 2013. The classical tradition : art, literature, thought. Wiley-Blackwell. [Ch. 15: pp. 173-98]

Venuti, L., 2008. Translation, Interpretation, Canon Formation. In: Lianeri and Zajko (eds), Translation and the classic : identity as change in the history of culture, pp. 27-51.

Walton, J M., 2008. ‘Enough give in it’: Translating the Classical Play. In: Hardwick, and Stray (eds), A companion to classical receptions, pp. 170-85.


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Week 2: Transmission of ancient texts

Gallo, I. 1986. Greek and Latin papyrology. London

Grant, J.N. (ed.) 1989. Editing Greek and Latin texts : papers given at the twenty-third Annual Conference on Editorial Problems, University of Toronto, 6-7 November 1987. New York

Housman, A.E. The application of thought to textual criticism, in Diggle, J. and F.R.D. Goodyear (ed.). 1972. The classical papers of A.E. Housman. Cambridge, 3, pp. 1058-69. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Kenney, E.J. 1974. The classical text : aspects of editing in the age of the printed book. Berkeley

Luck, G. 1981. Textual criticism today. The American Journal of Philology. 102, pp. 164-94.

Maas, P. 1958. Textual criticism. Oxford.

Pfeiffer, R. 1968. History of classical scholarship : from the beginnings to the end of the Hellenistic age. Oxford.

Pfeiffer, R. 1976. History of classical scholarship : from 1300 to 1850. Oxford.

Reeve, M.D. 2000. Cuius in usum? Recent and future editing. The journal of Roman studies. 90, pp. 196-206.

Reynolds, L.D. (ed.). 1983. Texts and transmission : a survey of the Latin classics. Oxford.

Reynolds, L.D. (ed.). 1983. Texts and transmission : a survey of the Latin classics. Oxford.

Reynolds, L.D. and N.G. Wilson. 1991. Scribes and scholars : a guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature (ed. 3). Oxford, esp. ch.6 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Reynolds, L.D. and N.G. Wilson. 1991. Scribes and scholars : a guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature, ed. 3. Oxford.

Turner, E.G. 1968. Greek Papyri: An Introduction. Oxford.

Turner, E.G. 1987. Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World. Second Edition Revised and Enlarged by P.J. Parsons. London.

West, M.L. 1973. Textual criticism and editorial technique applicable to Greek and Latin texts. Stuttgart.

Willis, J. 1972. Latin textual criticism. Urbana.

Wilson, N.G. 1983. Scholars of Byzantium. London.

Wilson, N.G. 1995. From Byzantium to Italy : Greek studies in the Italian Renaissance. London


Note also the following internet databases etc.:

The Perseus Project: http://papyri.info (gives access to the Duke Database of Documentary papyri; useful links to papyri collections as well as the ZPE = Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, BMCR)

The Leuven Database of Ancient Books: http://ldab.arts.kuleuven.ac.be (searchable database of ancient literary texts on papyri and what has been written about them)

Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project: http://www.csad.ox.ac.uk/POxy (images of papyri from O.)

Checklist of Editions: http://papyri.info (bibliography, standard abbreviations for editions of papyri)

Duke Database: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/perscoll/collection

searchable DDBDP:through Perseus: http://papyri.info


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Week 3: Preservation of ancient artefacts and sites

Alcock, S. E. & Osborne, R. eds. 2007. Classical archaeology. Oxford: Blackwell.

Carver, M. 2009. Archaeological investigation. London: Routledge.

Cooley, A. 2002. Pompeii. London: Duckworth.

Cronyn, J. M. 1990. The elements of archaeological conservation. Routledge, London.

Dyson, S. L. 2006. In pursuit of ancient pasts : a history of classical archaeology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. New Haven, Conn. & London: Yale University Press.

Gardner Coates, V. C. & Seydl, J. L. eds. 2007. Antiquity recovered : the legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Greene, K. 2002. 4th edn. Archaeology: An Introduction. London: Routledge.

Lazer, E. 2009. Resurrecting Pompeii. London: Routledge.

Mackay, R. & Sullivan, S. eds. 2012. Archaeological sites : conservation and management. Los Angeles: Getty Publications.

Parslow, C. C. 1995. Rediscovering Antiquity: Karl Weber and the Excavation of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2008. 5th edn. Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. London: Thames and Hudson.

Skeates, R. 2000. Debating the archaeological heritage. London: Duckworth.

Wallace, A. 2013. Presenting Pompeii: Steps towards Reconciling Conservation and Tourism at an Ancient Site. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 22, pp.115–136.

Wallace-Hadrill, A. 2011. Herculaneum : past and future. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd.


Note also the following journals:

Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites. Open Access and available via: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ycma20.

Journal of archaeological method and theory.. Available via JSTOR.


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Week 4: The role of the classical commentary

Curry Woods, Marjorie. 2013. What are the Real Differences between Medieval and Renaissance Commentaries? In: The classics in the medieval and Renaissance classroom : the role of ancient texts in the arts curriculum as revealed by surviving manuscripts and early printed books. Disputatio. Brepols Publishers, pp. 329–341. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Gibson, R.K. and Kraus, C.S. 2002. The classical commentary : histories, practices, theory. Leiden: Brill.

Grafton, A. 2010. Commentary In: G. W. Most, S. Settis and A. Grafton, eds. The classical tradition. Harvard University Press, pp. 225–33. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Harrison, S. 2015. Two-Author Commentaries on Horace In: C. S. Kraus and C. Stray, eds. Classical commentaries : exploration in a scholarly genre. Oxford University Press, pp. 71–83. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Kraus, C.S. and Stray, C. (eds.). 2015. Classical commentaries : exploration in a scholarly genre. Oxford University Press.

Minnis, A.J., Scott, A.B. and Wallace, D. 1988. Medieval literary theory and criticism c.1100-c.1375 : the commentary tradition. Oxford; New York: Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press.

Most, G.W. 1999. Commentaries = Kommentare.. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.



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Week 5: The scholarly community today

Schaps, D.M. 2010. Handbook for classical research. London: Routledge; especially chapters 1 and 28.


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Section 2: Research Principles and Practices I-V


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Week 6: Accessing the ancient world

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (art): http://www.limc-france.fr/bases

Thesaurus cultus et rituum antiquorum (ThesCRA). ( abbreviated as ThesCRA)

Barringer, J.M. 2008. Art, myth, and ritual in classical Greece. Cambridge: CUP.

Carpenter, T.H. 1991. Art and myth in ancient Greece : a handbook. London: Thames and Hudson.

Carpenter, T.H. 2007. Greek religion and art. In Ogden, D. ed. A companion to Greek religion. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 398-420.

Gantz, T. 1993. Early Greek Myth: a guide to literary and artistic sources. Baltimore: Johs Hopkins UP.

Shapiro, H.A. 1994. Myth into art : poet and painter in classical Greece. London: Thames and Hudson.

Woodford, S. 2003. Images of myths in classical antiquity. Cambridge: CUP.


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Week 7: Reading Week


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Week 8: Understanding and evaluating scholarship (including use of reviews and abstracts)

Schaps, D.M. 2011. Handbook for classical research. London: Routledge, chapter 5 (‘Book reviews’)

Reviews of Schaps’ book (Google: Schaps “Handbook for Classical Research” + reviewer’s name)

R. Scodel, The Classical Journal. -Online 2012.01.01

Kevin R. Cole, Digressus 12 (2012) 72-6 - Available online: https://web.archive.org/web/20150814222517/http://www.digressus.org/reviews/rev2012pp72-76-schaps.pdf

Mark Thorne, Bryn Mawr classical review. 2013.09.65

Constanza Filócomo, Argos 34.2 (2011) [in Spanish: if you don’t read Spanish, you could copy-and-paste into Google Translate] - Available online: http://www.scielo.org.ar/scielo.php? script=sci_issuetoc&pid=1853-637920110002&nrm=iso&lng=pt


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Week 9: Making effective use of digital resources

Starting-points provided by the library

The Library’s Classics subject area page: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/classics

The Library’s databases for Classics page: http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/search/d? SEARCH=e%20databases%20arts%20classics


Four key resources introduced in the lecture

L'année philologique.: access via the library’s databases for Classics page.

Packard Humanities Institute Latin Texts: http://latin.packhum.org/ 

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae: access via the library’s databases for Classics page (but NB you will also need to register your own identity on the site before you can do searches).

EAGLE Network (meta-resource combining multiple databases of inscriptions and more): http://www.eagle-network.eu/ 

Other resources (with descriptions where the content is not clear from the title)

Beazley Archive (Greek figured pottery): http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/index.htm

Brepolis Library of Latin texts online: access via the library’s databases for Classics page.

Digital Map of the Roman Empire (meta-resource with links to databases of inscriptions, bibliography etc): http://pelagios.org/maps/greco-roman/

Epigraphic Database Heidelberg: http://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/home? lang=en

FASTI online database of archaeological excavations: http://www.fastionline.org/excavation/

HESTIA (Herodotus Encoded Space-Text-Imaging Archive) project: http://hestia.open.ac.uk/

Lexicon of Greek Personal Names: http://www.lgpn.ox.ac.uk/

Online Coins of the Roman Empire: http://numismatics.org/ocre/

Online Database of Ancient Art: http://ancientrome.ru/art/artworken/art-search-e.htm

Papyri.info (meta-resource combining multiple papyrus databases): http://www.papyri.info/

Perseus Digital Library: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/

Roman Inscriptions of Britain: http://romaninscriptionsofbritain.org/

Roman Provincial Coinage Online: http://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/

Searchable Greek Inscriptions database: http://epigraphy.packhum.org/

Stanford ORBIS project (ancient travel times): http://orbis.stanford.edu/

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: access via title search on main Leeds library catalogue

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum (Greek coins): http://www.sylloge-nummorum-graecorum.org/

TOCS-IN (Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists, a bibliographical database): http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/amphoras/tocs.html 

Trismegistos (papyri and inscriptions; mainly Egypt but gradually expanding): http://www.trismegistos.org/index.html

Vindolanda project: http://vindolanda.csad.ox.ac.uk/

Wildwinds coin index: http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/index.html




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Week 10: Formulating sound and innovative research projects



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Week 11: Communicating research, including writing skills, preparing conference abstracts and paper


This list was last updated on 19/09/2017