Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Merits of a Commentary

B.L. Gildersleeve (1831-1924), "Brief Mention," American Journal of Philology 4.4 (1883) 529-531 (at 529; on Henri Weil's Plaidoyers Politiques de Demosthène):
The commentary ought to be studied by editors as a pattern. Clear, compact, sensible, free from wearisome grammatical notes, and illustrations that do not illustrate, marked by rare command of the literature, and an equally rare generosity in acknowledging obligation, modelled, in short, by the hand of a master who does not need to call the attention of the reader from the text to admire the commentator.

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