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Aristophanes: The Wasps

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0043
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Aristophanes: The Wasps
Date(s): c 1800s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Aristophanes | c 445 - c 386 BC | Greek playwright
The author of the translation is unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Aristophanes was born in c 445 BC. He was a Greek comic dramatist and was also known as the Father of Comedy and the Prince of Ancient Comedy. The Wasps was written in 422 BC. He died in c 386 BC.

The author of the translation is not known.


Scope and content/abstract:

Translation of The Wasps by Aristophanes, c 1800s, comprising a manuscript translation into English by an unknown translator, written on each left hand page, with English notes and extracts in Greek on the right hand pages.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Greek.

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Access available by written appointment with the Deputy Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Card catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Library by J W Turner FRCS in 1861. The volume was presented to the Library along with 5 volumes of manuscript translation of Albucasis by John Channing. In the front of the first volume of these, is a letter from J W Turner, which mentions the presentation of the translation of Aristophanes.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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