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Theophrastus: Characters

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Edited and translated by James Diggle See other recent books by James Diggle
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Theophrastus: Characters by Theophrastus

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Theophrastus' Characters is a collection of 30 short character-sketches of various types of individuals who might be met in the streets of Athens in the late fourth century BC. It is a work which had a profound influence on European literature, and this is a detailed and elaborate treatment of it. This edition presents an improved text, a translation which is designed both to be readable and to bring out fully the nuances of the very difficult Greek, and a commentary which covers every feature of the text and its interpretation and offers particularly full elucidation of the often enigmatic references to contemporary social practices and historical events. There is also a lengthy introduction, which discusses the antecedents and affiliations of the work, its date, its purpose, and the manuscript tradition. Extensive indexes are also provided, including an Index Verborum.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521045766
ISBN-10: 0521045762
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 35mm)
Pages: 612
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Theophrastus: Characters by Theophrastus Theophrastus: Characters, Hardback (December 2004)

This edition offers an improved text and translation of the collection, with a comprehensive commentary.

Theophrastus by Theophrastus Theophrastus, Hardback (March 2003)

This volume collects important examples of Greek history portraiture. The "Characters" of Theophrastus consists of 30 fictional sketches of men who are each dominated by a single fault, such as arrogance, boorishness or superstition.

De Causis Plantarum by Theophrastus De Causis Plantarum, Hardback (September 1990)

"Enquiry into Plants" and "De Causis Plantarum" by Theophrastus (c. 370 c. 285 BCE) are a counterpart to Aristotle s zoological work and the most important botanical work of antiquity now extant. In the latter Theophrastus turns to plant physiology.

Enquiry into Plants by Theophrastus Enquiry into Plants, Hardback (July 1989)

"Enquiry into Plants" and "De Causis Plantarum" by Theophrastus (c. 370 c. 285 BCE) are a counterpart to Aristotle s zoological work and the most important botanical work of antiquity now extant. In the former Theophrastus classifies and describes. His "On Odours and Weather Signs are minor treatises."

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Author Biography - Theophrastus

James Diggle is Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge and a Fellow of Queens' College. His publications include Studies on the Text of Euripides (OUP, 1981), The Textual Tradition of Euripides' Orestes (Oxford University Press, 1991), and Euripidea: Collected Essays (Oxford University Press, 1994). He was University Orator at Cambridge for eleven years, and has published a selection of his speeches in Cambridge Orations 1982-1993 (Cambridge University Press 0521 466180).

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