Donald J. Mastronarde, Professor

Closed (1) Editing the Scholia to Euripides

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project involves research for a new and more complete edition of the scholia to Euripides. Scholia are annotations written in the margins and between the lines of medieval manuscripts of classical authors. In the scholia we find filtered through many generations of reuse parts of ancient scholarly discussions of problems of text and literary interpretation; we also find explanations of rare and difficult words and expressions and other comments intended for use in the schools of antiquity and the middle ages.


There are two kinds of work available: (1) An apprentice with some knowledge of Ancient Greek (preferably at least two years) would receive a basic training in medieval paleography and would work on labeling of images of manuscripts by play and line number. More advanced tasks may be attempted by an apprentice with greater proficiency in Ancient Greek. (2) An apprentice with little or no Greek would work on bibliography acquisition and verification related to the scholia and/or to the manuscripts used in this project.

Qualifications: The research apprentice for task (1) should have basic to advanced knowledge of ancient Greek (preferably, at least 4 semesters) and be willing to receive instruction in medieval palaeography and, if necessary, to learn to type polytonic Greek. The RA for task (2) should have, or be willing to learn and develop, good computer skills and internet searching skills and an understanding of library catalogs and scholarly bibliographic reference. All training and all work for both tasks can be carried out on any internet-connected computer, and in-person meetings are not necessarily involved.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: https://EuripidesScholia.org

Closed (2) Gaspar Stiblinus's edition of Euripides (1562)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Gaspar Stiblinus, a scholar working in Switzerland, produced a massive edition of the surviving plays of Euripides in Basel in 1562. His work is of interest because he is the first modern scholar to provide summaries and analyses of the plays. His edition is very rare (although now images of the whole have been made available on the web). This project aims to extract the Latin prefaces and annotation of Stiblinus for publication on the web. In addition, English translations will be added for all these Latin extracts, to make them accessible to a wider audience.

The desired parts of the edition have at this point all been transcribed and made available on the web. In addition, previous URAP participants have translated some of the material into English, which you can see on the site. The prefaces and arguments of several plays still remain to be translated. An RA with very good Latin skills is needed, someone who will be able to create draft translations to be corrected by me and then posted to the web beside the Latin. The work may be carried out on the student's own computer in any location.

Qualifications: Stiblinus writes in a sophisticated prose style with some Ciceronian features. The RA should know Latin at an advanced level (preferably, the RA will have taken at least one senior course in Latin prose, but a student who has been highly successful in advancing through the Latin sequence for four or five semesters may also be able to take on this challenge).

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: http://ucbclassics.dreamhosters.com/djm/stiblinus/stiblinusMain.html