Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series: 'Editing Pindar' (Professor Patrick Finglass, University of Bristol)

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Tuesday 9th October 2018 / Venue: Walbank Lecture Theatre Abercromby SQ (south)
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series
  • Admission: Free
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The first edition of Pindar was made in antiquity; the first printed edition appeared in 1513; the twentieth century saw the publication of several different critical texts. Do we really need another one? This paper argues that we do, and tries to show what such an edition could contribute to our understanding of Pindar and his reception; but it moves beyond that to examine the place and purpose of critical editing within the field of Classics today. No knowledge of Greek is required; indeed, the issue of making critical editions as accessible as possible, especially via digital media, to the widest possible audience, is central to the talk.

Patrick Finglass is Henry Overton Wills Chair of Greek at the University of Bristol. Besides a stream of learned papers, he has completed commentaries on Sophocles’ Electra, Ajax and Oedipus the King, Pindar’s Pythian Eleven, and the poems of Stesichorus, all published by Cambridge University Press.