Oxford Classical Texts

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Oxford Classical Texts ( OCT ), in Latin Scriptorum Classicorum Bibliotheca Oxoniensis , is a series of text-critical editions by authors of Greek and Latin literature and philosophy published by Oxford University Press . Texts from the specialist sciences such as Euclid's Elements are not included in the series. In addition to a critically edited text , the volumes each contain an apparatus which, like the praefatio , which provides information on the history of the text and the edition, is usually written in Latin; Translation and commentary are not provided. The target audience is thus the scientific user across national language borders. Insofar as English seems to overtake Latin as lingua franca in the field of classical studies , Hugh Lloyd-Jones and Nigel Guy Wilson broke with the tradition of writing in Latin in their edition of Sophocles from 1990 and wrote their foreword in English for the first time (even if the critical apparatus is still formulated in Latin).

As Oxoniensis one usually refers to a single text output (complete: editio Oxoniensis ), more rarely, the entire collection; the same applies to the term Teubneriana in relation to the competing series of the Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana .

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