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By David M. Schaps

One of many glories of the Greco-Roman classics is the chance that they provide us to contemplate a good tradition in its entirety; yet our skill to do this depends upon our skill to paintings with ease with very different fields of scholarship.
The guide for Classical learn bargains counsel to scholars wanting to profit extra concerning the diversified fields and subfields of classical learn, and its tools and resources.
The e-book is split into 7 components: the fundamentals, Language, the normal Fields, The actual is still, The Written notice, The Classics and comparable Disciplines, The Classics for the reason that Antiquity. themes lined variety from background and literature, lexicography and linguistics, epigraphy and palaeography, to archaeology and numismatics, and the learn and reception of the classics.
Guidance is given not just to learn, for instance, an archaeological or papyrological document, but additionally on how to define such resources once they are correct to analyze. targeting "how-to" themes, the instruction manual for Classical study is a miles wanted source for either academics and students.

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BROADER AND MORE FOCUSED A good bibliography should not begin the way it is likely to end, as an alphabetical list of a few dozen or a few hundred books and articles. Such a list is not very helpful to the person beginning a research project. There is no way to tell what is relevant and what is not, and reading through the books from A to Z—in the unlikely event that you really succeed in reading them, rather than quitting scholarship forever or falling into a twenty-year sleep—will mostly be time wasted: most of the things you will read will have little to do with the topic you are researching.

If all men are mortal, and Socrates is a man, then Socrates is mortal: that is deduction, and once we have granted the original premises (that all men are mortal and that Socrates is a man) it is hard to argue with the conclusion. Induction, on the other hand, is always open to debate, because another person may see a different pattern, or may simply refuse to believe that the pattern is really universal. Are all men really mortal? It is true that billions of men have been born into the world and practically all of them have died; but some are still alive, after all, and who can say for certain that all of them will die?

2 Sensing a promising thesis topic (and not being very happy with the one that had been suggested to me), I walked down to the Widener Library stacks to look for some of the books mentioned in the article, and once I got there I glanced around in the same area to find other books on the subject. I checked them out, placed them in my carrel, and had the beginnings of my doctoral bibliography. That is the advantage of working at a major research university with colleagues who are abreast of the material, a library that has been 1 2 A gross exaggeration, I now realize, for I had read epic, tragedy and comedy, and had surely read a good deal about women there; but many good ideas begin from misapprehensions.

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