Scholarly authors frequently reference a type of work that comprises a number of essays on a well-defined topic and that serves to introduce and/or summarize the state of the field of study at a given point in time. These works are often identified as handbooks or companions within the title, but not always. In some … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 8: Handbooks, Companions, and the Like
In addition to discipline-specific reference works, scholarly authors frequently need to cite more general authorities such as English-language dictionaries. This type of work has its own citation rules, which this post will address. First, however, we wish to reiterate which dictionary SBL Press prefers and how it is to be used. As indicated in the SBLHS section on spelling, … Continue reading Citing Reference Works 8: English-Language Dictionaries
Gaius Musonius Rufus (ca. 30–62 CE) was a well-known Stoic philosopher in the Roman Empire. No written treatises survive from Musonius, but his teachings are recorded in thirty-two apothegms (called fragments below) and twenty-one discourses preserved by other writers (see Musonius Rufus in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy). To maintain consistency with other ancient references … Continue reading Musonius Rufus
Recently we received a question about the recommended system of abbreviation for the various biographies that constitute the Historia Augusta. This reader query provides a useful opportunity to highlight several elements of SBLHS style. The Historia Augusta is “a collection of biographies … of Roman emperors, Caesars, and usurpers” between the early first century through the late third century CE, specifically, from Hadrian … Continue reading Historia Augusta
Several SBLHS users have noted via Twitter a problem with the example given at SBLHS §6.4.6 (see the screen shot included in the previous post). The problem is clear when one looks at the actual PG location referenced: 36:12c (here). Column 12c of PG volume 36 is a footnote to Or. 27, which is the first of … Continue reading PG Citations: Update
An SBLHS user recently tweeted a question about citing PG. For those unfamiliar with this work, PG is the abbreviation for J.-P. Migne’s Patrologia Graeca, a 161-volume* collection of early church writings in Greek. The set begins with Clement of Rome (late first century CE) and extends well into the fifteenth century. As noted in … Continue reading PG Citations
This post discusses changes that one can make when recording titles in bibliographic entries.