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Greek and Latin. Expressions of Meaning

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Andreas T. Zanker

Preface

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1This book grew out of two articles, the first co-written with Geir Thorarinsson, the second reappearing here in a somewhat altered form in my first and ninth chapters; this material has been adapted with the permission of Classical Quarterly. In the course of (co-)writing these shorter pieces, I began to investigate the relevant classical vocabulary in earnest, and ultimately realized that there was more on the topic that I wanted to say; the result is the book in front of you.

2The manuscript was written over a number of years and institutions. My first thoughts on the topic came together in graduate school at Princeton University, where I was lucky enough to find advisors such as Andrew Feldherr, Denis Feeney, and Bob Kaster, as well as teachers such as Harriet Flower, Andrew Ford, Constanze Guthenke, Joshua Katz, and Brent Shaw. After graduation, I moved to Harvard University as a College Fellow, later becoming a Lecturer; I am deeply grateful to the faculty there for giving me the time to use the resources of Widener library and the remit to teach courses on a range of subjects. After four years at Harvard, I moved to the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow; to my host, Jürgen Paul Schwindt, I owe a great deal: besides benefiting from his intellectual generosity, I gained much from his vibrant weekly colloquium, where I encountered numerous ideas and intellectual currents that were new to me. This year in Germany was formative for me many ways, and I must sincerely register my thanks to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation itself for the gift of time to read and think: indeed, this project could not have been completed without it. In 2015, I took up the position of Assistant Professor at Amherst College, and it is there that I write these words; my thanks go out to my new colleagues – Chris van den Berg, Laurie Cantor, Rick Griffiths, Becky Sinos, and Dale Sinos – for their warm welcome and aid in the final phases of the preparation of the manuscript.

3Friends and advisors helped me at every stage, and individual debts are acknowledged in the footnotes. Tim Barnes, Isabella Tardin Cardoso, Lauren Curtis, Tiziana D’Angelo, Andrew Feldherr, Christian Haß, Luuk Huitink, Bob Kaster, Christopher Krebs, Mark de Kreij, Sarah McCallum, Liz Mellyn, Rebecca Miller, Micah Myers, Nandini Pandey, Michael Putnam, Jeremy Rau, John Schafer, Richard Thomas, Geir Thorarinsson, Jeff Ulrich, Athanassios Vergados, and Kathrin Winter all read material in draft form. Elements were presented at the MACTe meetings for junior faculty in New England, as well as at events in Amherst (MA), Budapest, Cambridge (MA), Heidelberg, Lisbon, Nijmegen, and Rostock. József Krupp, Marie-Charlotte von Lehsten, Tim Perry, and my father, Graham Zanker, read the entire manuscript. I would like to stress that not all of those mentioned agree with my ideas, and that none should be held accountable for them. I would also like to thank Charles Martindale for his graciousness at an early point in the project. In the late summer of 2015, the book was accepted by Jonas Grethlein for Zetemata; I am grateful to him for his confidence and encouragement.

4To all those who have accompanied me along this path, my everlasting thanks are due. My brother, Hugo, has always been an inspiration; while geographically distant, we will always be close. Leyla Koç rescued me from myself during the spring of 2015. This book is dedicated to my parents, Ruth and Graham Zanker; only they know how much went into it. My love and gratitude goes out to them for their calm counsel, sense of humor, and for always being there.

5My texts have been checked against the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae and the Library of Latin Texts (Series A). I note where I use a different text. I have taken the liberty of adding quotation marks to the Greek and Latin where I feel they are useful. Quotation marks themselves are used slightly differently from the normal convention in classical studies: a description of my rationale is given in the Introduction, the reasoning behind it in Chapter 1. Translations are my own, except where otherwise specified. Titles of Greek works have been translated (save where this might be confusing), but Latin ones have not. For uniformity across different languages, I cite verbs by their infinitive.

© C.H.Beck, 2016

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