I'm a librarian helping a patron. She's written an essay that, in part, discusses a piece of ancient Greek literature as the origin of a particular theme.
She's received feedback from a reviewer that was very critical regarding the omission of several specific secondary sources. There seemed to be an assumption that the author overlooked or neglected these sources, when in fact she hadn't come across them in her research.
The reviewer provided a list, but the author would like a way to avoid this kind of criticism in the future. Is there a way to identify key secondary sources on ancient Greek authors?
Here's what I've found so far:
The appropriate entries for authors/works in Brill's New Pauly
, Loeb's Classical Library, Grant's Greek and Latin Authors: 800 B.C. to A.D. 1000
(1980), and Wikipedia all contain brief, select bibliographies of editions, translations, and commentary.
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
has a more extensive bibliographies. The site A Hellenistic Bibliography
is more comprehensive, but does not indicate which sources are more influential, noteworthy, or famous.
The late edition of Sheehy's Guide to Reference Books
my library has (we don't have access to the more recently updated online version) lists a handful of single-volume bibliographies for major authors, which is helpful, but the work in question is by a minor author. For these, Sheehy recommends Kessels' A Concise Bibliography to Greek Language and Literature
(1979) and Swanson's Modern Greek Studies in the West: A Critical Bibliography of Studies on Modern Greek Linguistics, Philology, and Folklore in Languages Other Than Greek
(1960). We have neither of these books, although I'll try to get them.
And, of course, we can look for books and articles via resources such as L’Année Philologique
and JSTOR then find the most commonly referenced works.
What am I missing? Is there any easier way to identify these "must have" commentaries for ancient authors?