Gallery of Philologists

Philology has its heroes, its contributors, its recognizable names. A formal pantheon of philology, whether in Europe or in China, would require more erudition than the present author can command. These pages (arranged in rough chronological order, within each tradition) should instead be thought of as a sample: not quite random, but far from authoritative. They are included here chiefly to give beginners a sense of reality, and a feeling of companionship across the ages.

These profiles may be read for their human interest, but also for the sample solved problems on which many of them focus. Our suggestion for a systematic approach to unsolved problems of the same kind is provided in the Philology section proper. Here, we are in the domain of what has been done by others, and we can watch them doing it.

Western Tradition

Chinese Tradition


Benjamin A Elman. From Philosophy to Philology. 1984.
Bruce M Metzger. The Text of the New Testament. 4ed 2005
Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff. Geschichte der Philologie (1921); History of Classical Scholarship (1982)

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