Medieval and Early Modern Greek Manuscripts : Three rhetorical texts by Libanius

Medieval and Early Modern Greek Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> The manuscript contains <i>Three rhetorical texts by Libanius</i>, a pagan Greek rhetorician of the 4th century BCE, translated in Latin by Desiderius Erasmus (1466 or 1469-1536), together with the original texts in Greek copied by him. The texts are a declamation (<i> melete</i>), <i> Legatio Menelai</i>, and two <i> ethopoeiae</i>, model rhetorical exercises, speeches on fictional themes, used in an educational context.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'> The manuscript is written by Erasmus himself (see the note on f. 1r, and Bernardinello 1979, no. 61), and is the presentation copy to Nicholas Ruistre (Nicolaus Ruterius ca. 1442-1509), bishop of Arras, as indicated by a dedication letter by Erasmus dated on 17th November 1503, and by the presence of the arms of the bishop, painted on f. 3v. Erasmus received from Ruistre 10 gold pieces for this Libanius (see Garrod 1950, p. 9). Erasmus' translations were printed afterwards, by Thomas Martens in Louvain, in 1519 (see Morgan-Panaytova 2009, p. 112). </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dr Erika Elia</p>

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