Latin Lexicography

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Latin Lexicography

Theory, Practice, and Influence from Republican Rome to the Carolingian Court

Appel à contributions
Date limite : 1er février 2011

Organized by Anthony Corbeill (University of Kansas) and Matthew McGowan (Fordham University)
APA - January 5-8, 2012 143rd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA


“The history of ancient lexicography is still largely unwritten,” as J. König and T. Whitmarsh have noted in a recent study on the Ordering of Knowledge in the Roman Empire (2007: 32). That history is the subject of this panel, which invites abstracts that treat the origins, development, or cultural function of Latin lexicography from the period of the late Republic to the epitome of Festus' Lexicon dedicated by Paul the Deacon to Charlemagne around 800 CE. We are particularly interested in contributions that consider the intellectual background and cultural impetus behind the theory and practice of Latin lexicography—including glossography, etymology, differentiae, and the more eclectic language encyclopedias. We also encourage submissions exploring the ways in which ancient lexicographical practice influenced Latin literature and the wider scholarly tradition in authors such as Varro, Quintilian, Aulus Gellius, or Servius. The very notion of a lexicon raises larger questions about how the Romans and later Latin speakers analyzed words, read texts, and contributed to developing theories of language, and one clear goal of this panel is to underscore the connection between Latin lexicography and Roman approaches to ordering knowledge. At the same time, our panel responds to growing interest in lexicographical studies both within the field of Classics and across the academy, e.g. J. Considine, Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage (2008); E. Dickey, Ancient Greek Scholarship (2007); F. Glinister, C. Woods et al. eds., Verrius, Festus, & Paul: Lexicography, Scholarship, & Society (2007).

The history of Latin lexicography is lengthy and complex, with deep roots in Greek philosophy and close ties to the vibrant intellectual life and diverse literary culture of the Latin-speaking world from the Late Roman Republic through the Middle Ages. Thus we welcome abstracts on a wide range of topics that may include: Stoic etymological theory and Latin lexicography; Alexandrian influence on Latin glossography; the glossae in Roman education; the differentiae in Roman rhetorical treatises; the lexicographical tradition in ancient scholarship on Roman religion and law; the interrelationship of lexicography and Latin literature; the origin and influence of the first great Latin lexicon, De Verborum Significatu, of Verrius Flaccus (55 BCE—20 CE); Verrius' relationship to subsequent Latin language encyclopedias including Festus' De Verborum Significatione (late 2nd cent.), Nonius' De Compendiosa Doctrina (4th cent.), and Isidore's Etymologiae (7th cent.). This list is hardly exhaustive, but it gives some idea of the potential scope of submissions we hope to receive.

Abstracts must be received in the APA office by February 1, 2011. Please send an anonymous abstract as a PDF attachment to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. and be sure to provide complete contact information in the body of your email. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the panel organizers.

 

 

 

 

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