Schironi’s ‘The Best of the Grammarians’ wins prestigious Goodwin Award of Merit from Society for Classical Studies

by Shaun Manning on October 4, 2019

Cover of Best of the Grammarians

We are very pleased to announce that Francesca Schironi’s volume The Best of the Grammarians: Aristarchus of Samothrace on the Iliad has been awarded the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit by the Society for Classical Studies, the national association for study of Greco-Roman culture. The Charles J. Goodwin Awards of Merit are presented for outstanding contributions to classical scholarship; they are the only honors for scholarly achievement given by the Society.

The Society’s prize award notes, “The Best of the Grammarians is a monumental study that is unlikely to be surpassed for generations to come… (It) is a massive reconstruction of the methods, techniques, and principles that guided Aristarchus’ study of the Iliad as he went about analyzing and emending the Homeric text.[…Francesca Schironi] sets out these points and many others with consummate learning, clarity, and elegance. And while the book lends itself to use as a reference work, it is much more than that. After working their way through her study, readers will come to regard Aristarchus as a friend and fellow critic with whom one can carry on stimulating mental conversations even today. Francesca Schironi has brought Aristarchus to life, and thanks to her efforts, we can all be better acquainted with the best of the ancient grammarians.”

Francesca Schironi is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. Trained at Pisa’s Scuola Normale Superiore, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford, a Research Assistant at the Oxyrhynchus Papyri project, and Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University.

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