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[Lecture] The history of textual criticism in the West: Western Europe from the Middle Ages onwards

NOV . 22 2021

Speaker: Nigel Wilson, Professor at Lincoln College, Oxford University

Host: Su Jie, Professor at Fudan University Chinese Classics Research Institute

Gao Fengfeng, Professor at Peking University School of Foreign Languages
Zhao Yi, Professor at Nanjing University Chinese Classics Institute

Time: 22 November 2021 (Monday) 19:00

Venue: Peking University Jingyuan Courtyard No.2 Meeting Room 208

This lecture series will be mainly conducted in English. Chinese translation will be provided throughout.
Specially Invited Translator: Liu Boyun (Assistant Professor of Interpreting at the School of Translation and Interpreting, Beijing Language and Culture University; Experienced Simultaneous Interpreter)

Prof. Wilson will begin by discussing the translations of Greek texts in the Latin-speaking areas of Western Europe during the Middle Ages and the difficulties in transmission of Greek classics. He will share about the contributions and influence of Nicola Manacutia in the collation of Greek manuscripts in the 12th century; analyse the significance of the adoption of the printing press in the 15th century in the transmission of texts by incorporating the estimated total production of European manuscripts; summarise the theoretical contributions of Italian scholar Robertello and Dutch scholar Kanter in the collation of Latin and Greek classical texts respectively; introduce the history of the formation of ancient philology and its impact on textual analysis, and discuss the history of the development of genealogy and its limitations.

Nigel Wilson

Prof. Nigel Wilson is a Professor of Classics at Lincoln College, Oxford University. In 1980, he was elected as a fellow of the British Academy. His research focuses on Greek ancient philology and text collation. As a paleographer, he made important contributions to the accurate dating of Greek scripts from the Byzantine period. He is the collator of the classical texts of Sophocles, Aristophanes, Herodotus, and various other Greek classical authors in the “Oxford Classical Texts” series. His research interests also include Byzantine literature. He will soon publish his latest edition of Photius’ “The Bibliotheca”. Together with the late Prof. Reynolds (Professor of Classical Studies at Oxford University), Dr. Wilson co-authored “Scribes and Scholars”, an influential academic masterpiece in the field of western classics. In 2015, the Peking University Press published the Chinese translation of “Scribes and Scholars” as part of the “Western Classical Studies” book series, which has attracted great interest from Chinese literature academics.

Written by: Su Huangyi
Edited by: Estella Zhang Qiming
Source: Peking University Law Global Program WeChat Account (Chinese)