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Newly Recovered English Classical Translations, 1600-1800 (Stuart Gillespie) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198705574

Title: Newly Recovered English Classical Translations, 1600-1800

Author: Gillespie, Stuart

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198705574

Volumes: 1; Pages: 544

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Newly Recovered English Classical Translations, 1600-1800 is a unique resource: a volume presenting for the first time a wide-ranging collection of never-before-printed English translations from ancient Greek and Latin verse and drama of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Transcribed and edited from surviving manuscripts, these translations open a window onto a period in which the full richness and diversity of engagement with classical texts through translation is only now becoming apparent. Upwards of 100 identified translators and many more anonymous writers are included, from familiar and sometimes eminent figures to the obscure and unknown. Since very few of them expected their work to be printed, these translators often felt free to experiment, innovate, or subvert established norms. Their productions thus shed new light on how their source texts could be read. As English verse they hold their ground remarkably well against the printed translations of the time, and regularly surpass them.

The more than 300 translations included here, from epigrams to (selections from) epics, are richly informative about the reception of classical poetry and drama in this crucial period, copiously augmenting and sometimes challenging the narratives suggested by the more familiar record of printed translations. This edition will prove to have far-reaching implications for the history both of classical reception and of English translation - a phenomenon central to English literary endeavour for much of this era.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations

Abbreviations and Other Conventions

0. Introduction

1. Epigram (Greek and Latin) (EP)

2. Greek Authors excluding Epigram (GA)

3. Horace (HO)

4. Juvenal (JU)

5. Latin Elegy and Love Lyric (excluding Ovid) (LE)

6. Other Latin Authors (OL)

7. Ovid (OV)

8. Seneca the Younger (SE)

9. Virgil (VI)

Manuscript Collections and Collectors

Manuscript Sources (Individual Manuscript Descriptions)


Index of Translators

Index of First Lines

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