By A. E. Jeffery, L. H. Raubitschek
Instantly upon ebook Dedications received its
secure position in scholarly literature. As an indispensable
tool for paintings on Attica within the 6th and
fifth centuries B.c. it grew to become so popular to every
epigrapher, archaeologist, and historian that little
need be stated the following concerning the scope and contents of
the publication. It has, in addition, been again and again and
competently reviewed elsewhere.
The quantity is the results of lengthy, committed, and
most exacting hard work, the development of which became
known via a number of initial courses. In
the process those the writer confirmed an ever-growing
mastery of "architectural epigraphy," to exploit a
designation which characterizes the explicit approach
of Raubitschek. this isn't a really chuffed term,
since it implies transformations which are non-existent, and
the writer himself rightly states (p. 433) : "this same
method is apparent to someone who has the opportunity
to examine the originals." Raubitschek's achievement
in assembling never-ending dedicators is imposing,
and basically the final cautious learn of the whole
work may give an approximate suggestion of the enormous
difficulty of placing order into any such disturbing
wealth of person fragments. Many one other would
with resignation have constrained himself to a mere
selection. Raubitschek has had the braveness to give
everything, for which we won't thank him enough,
and with it additionally the braveness to make blunders, which
is regularly an ethical fulfillment. In view of the total
accomplishment it could seem unjust to reside too
much at the unfavorable facet. A conscientious reviewer,
however, has to notice anything Raubitschek himself
confesses to freely and many times (e.g. below nos 250
and 309): many a reconstruction or attribution to
certain periods of monuments is only hypothetical,
especially while in response to arbitrary restorations of
the inscriptions. the keenness to distribute as many fragments
as attainable one of the respective categories
(and who wouldn't sympathize with this desire?)
was certain to produce a few violence. however the low
number of purely 9 unclassified fragments, as
opposed to the 3 hundred and eighty-four classified
ones, doesn't correspond to the proof and tends
to create a misunderstanding via minimizing the factors
of uncertainty. the writer must have enlarged
this part significantly.
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