In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Greek Lexicography

  • Introduction
  • Introductory Works
  • Theory And Practice
  • Ancient and Byzantine Lexical Scholarship
  • The History of Greek Lexicography from the Renaissance
  • Mycenaean
  • Early Greek
  • Specific Semantic Fields and Corpora
  • Onomastic Works
  • Digitization

Classics Greek Lexicography
Patrick James
  • LAST REVIEWED: 29 November 2011
  • LAST MODIFIED: 29 November 2011
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0061


Lexicography involves the collection of evidence relating to the meaning and usage of words, the identification and arrangement of the distinct senses of those words, and the presentation in a lexicon or dictionary of a kind of biography for each word. Although such work draws on etymological studies and on research into word formation, derivation, and compounding, since these are disciplines in their own right within linguistics and philology, they are not treated in this bibliography. Also, personal and place names may contribute to our understanding of word formation and the semantics of Greek vocabulary, and words certainly should be studied in their cultural context. However, works that are primarily onomastic in character rather than semantic or encyclopedic are not included here, although a few starting points are listed under Onomastic Works.

Introductory Works

Schaps 2011 is the best introduction, especially for students, to the various kinds of lexical reference tools available and what expectations to have of them.

  • Schaps, David M. 2011. Handbook for Classical Research Abingdon: Routledge: 69-80.

    A helpful warning for users of Greek and Latin lexica, drawing attention to the compilation of data, the principles of its arrangement, and reasons for omissions and exclusions of words. Catalogues of verb forms, reverse indices, and various Greek-English (for all periods), English-Greek, and etymological dictionaries are critically introduced.

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