Is a new dictionary of ancient Greek necessary? On Brill’s language and linguistics blog, Franco Montanari answers this question and talks about the distinctive features of his new lexicon.
This is a really helpful post highlighting three reasons why he thinks his lexicon is necessary:
- Progress in our understanding of ancient Greek
- The evolution of the modern languages in which our lexicons are written
- The need for a comprehensive lexicon with a clear graphic layout
I’ve enjoyed using Montanari’s lexicon, especially with later writers like Josephus but also with the Septuagint. There’s a host of LXX references in just about every entry. The other great thing about this work is the price. Brill sells it for $125. The binding is not great, but as long as you use it as an in-office reference lexicon and don’t tote it around everywhere, it should hold up pretty well. Mine has, and I got it as soon as it was published in 2015.
I really hope to see BrillDAG become available in digital platforms other than Brill Online. With Brill Online you can get an individual license for $230, but I'm not a big fan of using an internet browser to do lexical work.