Considering the History of Classical Scholarship in the Epistemological Genre: The Reference Model of the Dutch Scholars of the 18th century


In order to explore the continuity of knowledge, the philologia perennis, maintained by the intellectual power of great scholars who endeavoured to promote classical scholarship, we have to set forth the historical as well as the epistemological factors which contributed most to the classical studies we constantly invoke. The dimensions of such an enterprise are to be considered in a certain frame of the epistemological genre concerning classical scholarship. Apart from pioneering publications directed towards the concept of historical evolution in national and international course, there is more to be done in more theoretical depiction of the history of Altertumswissenschaft in modern Europe. Textual scholarship and editorialship, along with reception studies and interdisciplinary studies, would never bu fulfilled unless structured upon great scholars and various learned projects, so that we could discuss further the significance of a history of the history of classical philology.
In European contextualization, the alma mater of classical knowledge, Holland in the 18th century could provide us with a reference model for the case study of the epistemological aspects of the history of classical scholarship (e.g. Tyrwhitt, Musgrave, Graevius, Burman, Kuester, Hemsterhuys, Valckenaer, Ruhnken, polymathy and the infiltration of the new critical spirit in philology); even Ad. Korais was largely influenced by the achievements of the golden age of Dutch scholarship.
It is the first challenge in the past bibliography for the upgrading of a model-based study of the issues emerging from the epistemological genre, once attested, in classics and humanities.
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Nicholas A. E. Kalospyros