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Ian Gadd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557318.001.0001

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The Learned Press: Classics and Related Works

The Learned Press: Classics and Related Works

(p.370) Chapter 12 The Learned Press: Classics and Related Works
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Ian Gadd

Oxford University Press

Until the eighteenth century, the use of Latin dominated all aspects of academic life, providing a lingua franca for scholars in every subject across Europe, while Greek remained the door to the wisdom of the ancients. This chapter considers Oxford's Greek and Latin publications, primarily produced on behalf of authors or for use by university students and rarely representing new critical scholarship, in the context of the more comprehensive and profitable classics trade on the continent. It also examines the Oxford traditions of publishing classical texts for university occasions. The New Year Books, introduced in 1661 by John Fell, were small-format editions of classical or patristic texts intended for distribution as holiday gifts and for sale. The Press also printed commemorative verses, often composed in Latin, but occasionally in Greek, Hebrew, or other languages, to mark university ceremonies or events of historical importance.

Keywords:   international trade, Latin, Greek, Henry Savile, John Fell, New Year Books, neo-Latin, University of Oxford, ephemera

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