Re: a Classics Danker

From: William A. Johnson (
Date: Sat Apr 26 1997 - 17:56:29 EDT

Not quite what is asked for here, but a first (biggish) step in this
direction, is the ongoing compilation of "Tools of the Trade" by Lowell
Edmunds and Shirley Werner at Rutgers. You can locate this by looking
towards the bottom of the Rutgers Classics home page: URL =
<>. As I understand it, this work is inspired in
part by a wish to make available some of the information that used to be
dispensed in a graduate proseminar. But Jim's right: a group effort would
be the sensible way to expand to a comprehensive Danker-like resource. -w.

>I suggest this is a perfect project for an Internet collaboratory of
>graduate students, vetted by a handful of senior faculty. In a way it
>reinvents the old proseminar, which many institutions have discontinued
>(mine included) while regretting its departure and yet being unable to
>reinvent it effectively.
>Jim O'Donnell
>Classics, U. of Penn
>Jeffrey Gibson wrote:
>> For Biblical students, F. Danker has produced a handbook called
>> Multipurpose Tools for Biblical Studies - a text which discusses, among
>> other things, the origins, differences between, and merits of the various
>> series of commentaries, critical editions, dictionaries, lexicons, etc.
>> It is an invaluable reference work for anyone wanting to know
>> the difference between the Meyer series and the Black's, the USB
>> version of the GNT or the Nestle/Aland.
>> My question (given the bandying about on this list of such terms as
>> Bude, and names of various editors, editions, acronyms, etc) is
>> whether there is anything similar for classical literature? Not
>> dictionaries, mind you like the OCD, or histores of Greek and Roman
>> literature, but a guide to the dictionaries and histories, the
>> critical editions, etc.
>> Jeffrey Gibson

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