Hellenica (Greek History) of Xenophon of Athens
|Author: ||Jackson, Donald F. and Ralph E. Doty|
In the fourth century B.C., Xenophon wrote a history of his time, intended to serve as a continuation of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian Wars. The present text is the first to be based upon the four important manuscript witnesses determined to be significant in published studies by Professor Jackson. The result is a text free of many unfounded readings accepted into earlier editions and an economical critical apparatus. Professor Doty’s new idiomatic English translation which accompanies the Greek text mirrors Xenophon’s unadorned style and is the first to make use of the new text.
“It is time for a new text and translation of one of the most important historical texts in Greek history, Xenophon’s Hellenica. The current available texts are dated and suffer from a lack of familiarity with the manuscript tradition for this important work ... The translators have rejected derivative manuscripts and concentrated on those that they have shown in previously published work to have been the critical witnesses. In so doing, they have been able to sweep away many earlier, sometimes fanciful, emendations and offer here a text that has fewer “corrections” that we have come to expect and a more economical critical apparatus that is easier to consult ... Those of us who consult this important history will now do so with a greater sense of confidence. All ancient historians and classicists will welcome this new look at an old friend.” – Professor Robert F. Hohfelder, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
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