Citation, Documentation of Sources
Q. I often have difficulty deciding how to cite translations with critical commentaries of ancient texts. What if I’m citing a critical comment or note made by the translator/Loeb editor? The bibliography entry is
Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Rev. ed. Loeb Classical Library. 1934.
But how do I refer to something the editor/translator says in that edition? If it’s like “Rackham in Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics , p. xxx,” then do I need some separate bib entry that mentions Rackham?
A. Yes, that’s right. Your bibliography entry should include the name of the editor, like this:
Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. Rev. ed. Edited by H. Rackham. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1934.
If the editor is more central to your discussion than the author, you may put the bibliography entry under the name of the editor instead. A cross-reference will aid the reader.
Aristotle. See Rackham, H.
Rackham, H., ed. Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle. Rev. ed. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1934.