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Western Medieval Manuscripts : Funeral Oration


Western Medieval Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This small parchment manuscript contains the <i>Epitaphius</i> (The Funeral Oration), for the fallen of the battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE), ascribed to the Athenian orator <i>Demosthenes</i> (b. 384, d. 322 BCE). The authorship of this speech is not certain, and it was first questioned by Dionysios of Halicarnassus.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The codex was written for the humanist scholar Guillaume Budé (b. 1468, d. 1540) by Georgios Hermonymos (b. c. 1430, d. c. 1511), who in addition to being a copyist, was a diplomat (he was sent to England by Pope Sixtus IV) and the first lecturer of Greek at the Collège de Sorbonne in Paris.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Hermonymos also copied CUL Kk.5.35, Kk.6.23, Ll.2.13 and Corpus Christi College, Parker Library, Cambridge, MS 224. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dr Matteo Di Franco</p>

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