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Title:Artemidorus Arabus: Toward a New Edition of the "Onirocritica"
Author(s):Houlihan, John Arthur
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Browne, G.M.
Department / Program:Classical Philology
Discipline:Classical Philology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Middle Eastern
Abstract:1963 marked the publication of a new edition by Roger Pack of Artemidorus' Onirocritica. The most recent edition had been that of Rudolph Hercher, produced almost a century earlier. Nevertheless, as no new witnesses had been discovered since then, Pack felt constrained in his preface to justify at some length his decision to revise Hercher's work on the basis of the same two manuscripts that Hercher had used. The year after Pack's edition appeared, a third witness was in fact published. It was an Arabic translation of the first three books of the Onirocritica, discovered by chance at Istanbul in 1959 and published five years later. It became known to Pack only in time for him to take note of its existence in an addendum to his edition. The Arabic translation, and therefore the Greek manuscript or manuscripts on which it is based, are considerably closer in time to the autograph than the earliest extant Greek manuscripts, and so are of independent value to the textual critic. The task of the present work has been to examine the two texts systematically in order to determine where the Greek text can be improved on the basis of the Arabic; given the limited scope of a dissertation, it has had to be confined to a consideration of Book I. All significant discrepancies between Pack's text and the Arabic version have been noted, and explanations for those discrepancies have been provided wherever possible. An attempt has been made to include all changes which will have to be made to Pack's apparatus: viz., when the Arabic confirms or contradicts the reading chosen by Pack, that fact has been noted, but when the evidence of the Arabic is ambiguous it has generally been left unmentioned. In addition to these notes, an index has been included which lists the changes to Pack's text warranted by the new material, as well as any further improvements that an examination of facsimiles of the Greek manuscripts has allowed.
Issue Date:1997
Description:170 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812625
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1997

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