n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - : a reply to Marc Kleijwegt's review : book review

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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No one, I think, would dispute that the reviewing of scholarly books in learned journals is a practice without which the academic community would be much poorer. Good book reviews serve two principal functions. They advance our knowledge and understanding of an area of scholarship by offering appropriate comment on an author's work, correcting, adding, questioning, challenging, suggesting different perspectives, seeking generally to make improvements, however slight, to the author's achievement. At the same time they perform the role of a consumer guide, reporting to readers what a book contains, for what market it is intended, what its strengths and weaknesses are, and how well it achieves its overall aims. The judgement which all this involves should be informed, considered, and balanced.

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