Brill launches major new dictionary of Ancient Greek online

Brill-logoLeiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 27 July 2015

The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek Online is now available.
Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has launched a cutting-edge new dictionary for the study of Ancient Greek on its online dictionaries platform. Franco Montanari’s Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek is the most modern and complete dictionary for the study of Ancient Greek currently on the market. Based on the completely revised 3rd Italian edition, Vocabolario della Lingua Greca published by Loescher Editore, Turin, the English translation was completed under the editorial supervision of the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University. The online edition is published in advance of the print version which will be available in early September of this year and can be ordered in a regular edition and a deluxe edition.
Professor Franco Montanari, compiler of the dictionary: “As long as Latin was still a universal language, things were a bit easier for an author of a dictionary of Ancient Greek, but nowadays we face a double challenge. We have to deal, of course, with the continuing and evolving research on ancient Greek language and literature (new editions, new discoveries, new studies succeeding each other quickly) and the consequences for lexicography (also a fast-progressing field). At the same time, the language used to communicate the results of research to a globalized scholarly community, should not be ancient itself, but easy to understand to modern users. Brill’s English version of my dictionary bravely faces this double challenge.”
Professor Gregory Nagy, director of the Center for Hellenic Studies: “This Greek-English dictionary, following the lead of Franco Montanari, is a quantum leap in critical approaches to lexicography in and of itself. It is an honor for me and for my colleagues at the Center, Leonard Muellner and Madeleine Goh, to be a part of such an ambitious and most dynamic project. With the help of this essential new dictionary, I can confidently predict, the study of the Greek language will be enhanced for all time.”
Dr Madeleine Goh, co-editor of the English translation together with Dr Chad Schroeder: “We are very excited about the completion of this new lexicon that brings fresh, updated language and recent additions to the scholarship on the ancient Greek language in a multi-platform format. The scope of the ancient Greek covered, which includes not only classical Greek but also Greek of the late antique period, makes this a comprehensive and accessible resource”
Senior Acquisitions Editor Irene van Rossum praised the publication of the dictionary: “This dictionary makes a valuable contribution to modern scholarship and is a jewel in the crown of Brill’s expanding list of reference works in classical studies. The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek will be used by generations of students and scholars of the Classics, the Ancient Greek language, and Biblical Studies.”
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About Franco Montanari
Franco Montanari is Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the University of Genoa (Italy), Director of the Rivista di Filologia e di Istruzione Classica, of the Centro Italiano dell’Année Philologique and of the Aristarchus project online, and a member of numerous international research centers and associations. Apart from the Vocabolario della Lingua Greca he has published many other scientific works on ancient scholarship and grammar, archaic Greek epic poets and other Greek poets of the Classical and Hellenistic periods, including Brill’s Companion to Hesiod (2009) and Brill’s Companion to Ancient Scholarship (2015).
About Brill
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About the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies has been helping educators and the general public rediscover the humanism of Greek civilization since 1960. From its campuses in Washington DC and Nafplion Greece, the Center supports cutting-edge research, multigenerational collaboration, and innovative publication strategies, both in print and online. With a world-class research library and an ever-growing collection of online publications and web-based initiatives, the Center promotes an international dialogue on Hellenic studies with vital connections to our modern world.