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Lexicography, History of

(3,896 words)

Author(s): Maria Pantelia
Abstract The formal preoccupation with words and their meaning or etymology goes back to the 5th c. BCE and may have existed even earlier. The sophists, Plato and Aristotle raised questions about language and the true meaning of words and laid much of the foundation for the later grammatical tradition. The farther away scholarship moved from the original texts in time, the greater the need became to document and explain the meanings of words. The history of Greek lexicography is a continuum with …
Date: 2013-11-01

Dictionaries of Ancient Greek

(3,624 words)

Author(s): Maria Pantelia
Abstract Dictionaries and lexica are indispensible resources for the modern study of Greek.  From their first incarnation in the 16th century, these tools have evolved in both form and content. Modern dictionaries typically provide grammatical and etymological information and a range of definitions that vary in time, genre, and dialect. Greek dictionaries of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries ordered words alphabetically with meanings presented chronologically. Contextual information in…
Date: 2013-11-01

Databases and Dictionaries [Papyrology and Epigraphy included]

(1,823 words)

Author(s): Maria Pantelia
Abstract The study of classical antiquity has benefited from early access to large-scale digital datasets. The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at the University of California, digital collections of epigraphical and papyrological materials, the Perseus Project, the bibliographical database L’Année Philologique and numerous other efforts have transformed the study of antiquity and opened up new possibilities in scholarship and pedagogy. 1. History The study of classical antiquity has benefited from early access to large-scale digital datasets. Classicists were …
Date: 2013-11-01

Concordances/Indices/Reverse Dictionaries

(1,485 words)

Author(s): Maria Pantelia
Abstract Word indices, concordances and reverse dictionaries have been essential research tools in the study of Greek, used to record all occurrences and uses of words in a particular text and its critical apparatus. A word index is typically a comprehensive alphabetical list of words contained in a specific text or text corpus with references to the passages in which these words appear. A concordance, broadly speaking, is a list of words in some ordered sequence, usually alphabetical, accompanie…
Date: 2013-11-01