The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

Chalcenteric Negligence1

S. Westa1

a1 Hertford College, Oxfor

Didymus, in modern works of reference, gets rather a good press. It is conceded on all sides that he was not an original researcher and that his remarks often betray a certain want of common sense. But the general estimate is favourable: more recent works do not substantially dissent from Sandys’ verdict (History of Classical Scholarship, i. 143): ‘The age of creative and original scholars was past and the best service that remained to be rendered was the careful preservation of the varied stores of ancient learning; and this service was faithfully and industriously rendered by Didymus.’ His industry is, of course, beyond question. But it is perhaps surprising that his reputation for accuracy did not drop sharply with the publication of the Berlin papyrus of theS0009838800036247_inline1,S0009838800036247_inline2the defects of which cast grave doubt on his reliability and general competence.


1 I should like to thank Mr. G. L. Cawk-well for his unfailing advice and encouragement.