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The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny

The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny

Proceedings of the First James Loeb Biennial Conference, Munich and Murnau 18–20 May 2017

Edited by Jeffrey Henderson and Richard F. Thomas

ISBN 9780674248717

Publication date: 12/22/2020

James Loeb (1867–1933), one of the great patrons and philanthropists of his time, left many enduring legacies both to America, where he was born and educated, and to his ancestral Germany, where he spent the second half of his life. Organized in celebration of the sesquicentenary of his birth, the James Loeb Biennial Conferences were convened to commemorate his achievements in four areas: the Loeb Classical Library (2017), collection and connoisseurship (2019), psychology and medicine (2021), and music (2023).

The subject of the inaugural conference was the legacy for which Loeb is best known and the only one to which he attached his name—the Loeb Classical Library, and the three series it has inspired: the I Tatti Renaissance Library, the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, and the Murty Classical Library of India. Including discussions by the four General Editors of each Library’s unique history, mission, operations, and challenges, the papers collected in The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny also take stock of these series in light of more general themes and questions bearing on translations of “classical” texts and their audiences in a variety of societies past, present, and future.


  • An excellent collection shedding light on many facets of the translation (and publication) of classical literature.

    —Complete Review


  • Jeffrey Henderson is William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Boston University.
  • Richard F. Thomas is George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University.
  • James Hankins is Professor of History at Harvard University and founder and General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library. He is the author of Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy, winner of the Marraro Prize and a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year; Political Meritocracy in Renaissance Italy: The Virtuous Republic of Francesco Patrizi of Siena; and Plato in the Italian Renaissance; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Renaissance philosophy and political thought, he is a Corresponding Member of the British Academy.
  • Sheldon Pollock is the Founding General Editor of the Murty Classical Library of India and Arvind Raghunathan Professor Emeritus of South Asian Studies at Columbia University.
  • Jan M. Ziolkowski is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 454 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Department of the Classics
  • With James Hankins, Sheldon Pollock, and Jan M. Ziolkowski