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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779919.001.0001

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Disciplinary Histories of Classics

Disciplinary Histories of Classics

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(p.112) Disciplinary Histories of Classics
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History of Universities
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Christopher Stray

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779919.003.0005

This chapter discusses ‘disciplinary histories’, which refer to three different things. First are the published histories of classical scholarship like those of J. E. Sandys, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, and Rudolf Pfeiffer. Their works offer a variety of approaches and styles, and between them indicate the relationship between English scholarship and the once-dominant German tradition of Altertumswissenschaft. Second are the stories that tell of the emergence of classics as a modern field of study, from the early nineteenth century onwards. The field emerged as a contemporary romantic reaction against Enlightenment rationalism in Germany as the characteristic pedagogic institution of the nineteenth-century German university. Last are the histories of Classics as a means to the confirmation of scholarly identity—that is, histories which themselves possess a disciplining function. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the role of journals in disciplinary identity.

Keywords:   disciplinary histories, published histories, classical scholarship, English scholarship, Altertumswissenschaft, classics, disciplinary identity, J.E. Sandys, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Rudolf Pfeiffer

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