Medieval and Early Modern Greek Manuscripts : Byzantine Church History and other texts

Medieval and Early Modern Greek Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> This manuscript contains a <i>Byzantine Church History and other texts</i>. The Church History with which the manuscript begins is anonymous, but has traditionally been attributed to Gelasius of Cyzicus, on the basis of a mention by patriarch Photius in his <i> Bibliotheca</i>, (see Hansen (2002), pp. ix-xii). The work consists mainly of a collection of Acts of the Council of Nicaea (325 CE), which condemned the heresy of Arianism. The Church History is followed by texts by the early Christian father Athanasius (c. 297-373) (a well known opponent of this heresy), Theodore of Rhaithu (7th century), and Anastasius, patriarch of Antioch (d. 598). </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> The manuscript was copied around the middle of the 16th century in Italy by a scribe named Michael. He worked within a group of scribes active in Venice around this time, producing manuscripts showing recurrent codicological characteristics: for example, the use of a folio format, a layout in a single column of 30 lines, and so forth (see B. Mondrain, 'Copistes et collectionneurs de manuscrits grecs au milieu du XVIe siècle: le cas de Johann Jakob Fugger d’Augsbourg', in <i> Byzantinische Zeitschrift</i> 84-85, 2 (1992), pp. 354-390), which features also occur in this manuscript. Michael's hand has also been identified in another manuscript containing the same <i> Byzantine Church History</i> accompanied by texts by Athanasius, Theodore of Rhaithu and Anastasius: <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/detalle/bdh0000187745'>Madrid, Biblioteca nacional de España, 4672</a>, on ff. 320r-430v (see Kresten (1976), pp. 57-58). These two codices are linked from the point of view of the tradition of the texts, in particular the text by Anastasius (see Kresten (1973), p. 57; and Weiss, p. 72, MSS C and M)</p><p style='text-align: justify;'> Dr Erika Elia</p>


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