Smith's Complete Classical Dictionaries brings together in a single handsome edition the series of classical dictionaries that Sir William Smith had always intended to form an Encyclopaedia of Classical Antiquity. With more than 8,000 pages of outstanding scholarship, these extensively illustrated volumes provide a wealth of detail and information unavailable in other works. The introduction by leading scholar, Christopher Stray, provides important contextual and historical detail. Presented in Crown Quarto format, with head and tail bands and decorative endpapers, these beautifully produced seven volumes will make a valuable addition to the libraries of scholars, collectors and institutions around the world.
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Sir William Smith (chief editor) was a Victorian tour de force whose name will forever be associated with the re-birth of classics in Britain. Lexicographer, classical and biblical scholar, he wrote, edited and contributed to many works of reference and textbooks, including the three large classical dictionaries which made his name a household word. From 1853 to 1869 he was classical examiner to the University of London, where he became a member of the Senate, and he was for twenty-five years editor of the prestigious Quarterly Review. A member of the Royal Commission on Copyright, he was knighted in 1892.
Christopher Stray is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Wales Swansea. A leading classical scholar, he is the author of Classics Transformed, is co-founder of the Textbook Colloquium and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.Review:
""Undergraduates in classics or senior professors can only learn from these books. Buy them and put them on your desk. Soon you will be consulting them daily, and only to your benefit.""--William M. Calder III, William Abbott Oldfather Professor of Classics, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana /Champaign
""A Dictionary of Greek & Roman Geography is the most original and most useful of all of Sir William Smith's famous dictionaries. I consult it constantly, because it provides in a very readable form a thorough geographical and historical account of all ancient sites known in classical literature"" -- Oswyn Murray, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford Director, Bibliotheca Academica Translationum
""I heartily welcome this re-issue of a classic work of scholarship. And Stray's new introduction is invaluable.""--Professor Mike Edwards, Institute of Classical Studies, London
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