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Topic: [HM] Euclid's Elements in Greek??
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David Fowler

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Re: [HM] Euclid's Elements in Greek??
Posted: Jan 18, 2002 7:37 AM
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Fernando Gouvea asked

<< These are only a few of the volumes of the Heiberg-Stamatis
edition; I'm not sure how many volumes it is in all. The dates
given here are all from the 70s, but this set may even still be
in print from Teubner. Does anyone know the status of Teubner's
famous series of original texts? >>


It should be easy to get the Leipzig Teubner catalogue, which should
show which are in print, but I would guess possibly still all of
their Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius, and others, though possibly no
longer the Data and other Euclid volumes since I don't think they
were re-edited. I would like to see a comparative review of Heiberg's
and the Heiberg-Stamatis' 2nd ed. Can anyone give a quick answer
about this? Were any Greek texts published by the Berlin{?} Teubner
firm?

<< A harder question is whether it isn't time for a new critical
edition. I don't know the answer to that. Both Knorr and Vitrac
have written recently on textual matters, but I don't know how
their arguments have been received by the experts. Do the
specialists out there care to comment? Would such an edition be
publishable? >>

I used to think that a comprehensive new edition would be a good idea:
photographs of some pages of key Greek texts, some transcriptions of
them with variations between them and other texts, early fragmentary
material, a carefully checked translation, ditto for Arab texts, and
possibly other languages... . It would be very interesting for some
specialists, but how many such are there in the world? Perhaps 10, or
should that be 5 or 20? Now I think that some good treatments of
other-language texts might be just as interesting, to have a broader
base for comparison. Does anyone else have any opinions on this?

Best wishes, Fernando.

David Fowler






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