Edgar Lobel

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Edgar Lobel (born December 12 . Jul / 24 December 1888 greg. In Iasi , Kingdom of Romania ; † 7. July 1982 in Oxford ) was a British Classic philologist and papyrologist .


Edgar Lobel studied from 1907 to 1911 at Balliol College of Oxford University Philology. During his studies he won various prizes, including travel grants, which enabled him to do research all over Europe. He also stayed in Berlin with the papyrologist Wilhelm Schubart . In 1915 Lobel received a research fellowship to Queen's College . From 1919 to 1939 he also worked as a sub-librarian at the Bodleian Library . From 1927 he was a fellow at Queen's College. Since 1936 he has lectured as a reader in papyrology . On the occasion of his retirement (1954) he was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen's College and received a doctorate ( Doctor of Literature ) from Cambridge University . Balliol College also made him an Honorary Fellow in 1959.

Lobel's merits lie particularly in the critical evaluation of the Greek papyrus finds of the 19th and 20th centuries. His editions of the fragments by Sappho (1925) and Alkaios (1927) gave for the first time a reliable text free of hasty conjectural criticism . Since 1941 he published the Oxyrhynchus Papyri . Together with Denys Lionel Page , he published the Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta in 1955 , in which he revised the text of Sappho and Alkaios.

As a specialist in Greek palaeography , Lobel also dealt with the tradition of other authors, including Hesiod , Pindar , Aeschylus , Aristotle and Callimachus .

Edgar Lobel was married to the historian Mary Lobel since 1927 .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hugh Lloyd-Jones: Lobel, Edgar (1888-1982). In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography . 2004.