By A. E. Jeffery, L. H. Raubitschek
Instantly upon e-book Dedications gained its
secure position in scholarly literature. As an indispensable
tool for paintings on Attica within the 6th and
fifth centuries B.c. it turned so renowned to every
epigrapher, archaeologist, and historian that little
need be acknowledged the following concerning the scope and contents of
the ebook. It has, additionally, been many times and
competently reviewed elsewhere.
The quantity is the results of lengthy, dedicated, and
most exacting hard work, the development of which became
known via a number of initial guides. In
the process those the writer confirmed an ever-growing
mastery of "architectural epigraphy," to take advantage of a
designation which characterizes the categorical approach
of Raubitschek. this isn't a truly chuffed term,
since it implies alterations which are non-existent, and
the writer himself rightly states (p. 433) : "this same
method is apparent to a person who has the opportunity
to learn the originals." Raubitschek's achievement
in assembling unending dedicators is imposing,
and in basic terms the final cautious examine of the whole
work may give an approximate notion of the enormous
difficulty of placing order into one of these 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 errors, which
is continuously an ethical success. In view of the total
accomplishment it may possibly look unjust to reside too
much at the adverse part. A conscientious reviewer,
however, has to notice anything Raubitschek himself
confesses to freely and time and again (e.g. less than nos 250
and 309): many a reconstruction or attribution to
certain periods of monuments is only hypothetical,
especially while according 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 absolute to produce a few violence. however the low
number of in basic terms 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 by means of minimizing the factors
of uncertainty. the writer must have enlarged
this part significantly.
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