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Interpreting a ClassicDemosthenes and His Ancient Commentators$
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Craig Gibson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229563

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229563.001.0001

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(p.51) Chapter 3 Didymus
Interpreting a Classic

Craig A. Gibson

University of California Press

This chapter argues that the practice of excerption is the best way to explain the apparent “gaps” in coverage in Berol. 9780. The discussion begins by studying F. Leo's hypothesis that explained why Berol. 9780 does not meet the expectations of some scholars as a commentary on Dem. 9–11 and 13. It then addresses the literary and physical “fragments” of Didymus, before it studies his reputation in ancient and modern scholarship. The next section looks at the criticisms of the theories of H. Diels and W. Schubart on Didymus' commentaries on Dem. 9–11 and 13.

Keywords:   Didymus, excerption, gaps, coverage, Berol. 9780, F. Leo, H. Diels, W. Schubart, fragments

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