The series was founded in 1896. it is dedicated to rare Greek and Latin texts together with translations and commentaries, as well as detailed introductions, so rendering them more accessible to a broader readership. Since 2000 the series has concentrated on "Homer's Iliad. A full commentary", presenting the text of the Iliad (by M. L. West), a translation (by J. Latacz) and a commentary in German. Since January 2007, the series is being published by de Gruyter. For backlist titles please visit http://www.saur.de/index.cfm?lang=EN&ID=0000007757 .