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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Erich Trapp (Hg.) u. Sonja Schoenauer Lexicologica byzantina

Erich Trapp (Hg.)
Sonja Schoenauer (Hg.)
Lexicologica byzantina
Beiträge zum Kolloquium zur byzantinischen Lexikographie (Bonn, 13.–15. Juli 2007)

ISBN 3-89971-484-9

Super alta perennis. Studien zur Wirkung der Klassischen Antike, Band 4
1. Auflage 2008
285 pages, gebunden
44.90 € [D]
ISBN 978-3-89971-484-5
Bonn University Press bei V&R unipress
About this book
Der Band präsentiert 14 lexikographische Untersuchungen zu verschiedenen Epochen und Autoren byzantinischer Literatur im weitesten Sinne, von der Spätantike bis in die frühe Neuzeit. Der Bogen spannt sich von auf Papyri überlieferten lateinischen Lehnwörtern im Griechischen bis hin zu neuen Wortbildungen in der kretischen Literatur des 15.–16. Jahrhunderts. Er umfasst Studien zu Werken und Autoren mit einem hohen Anteil an Wortneubildungen, zu den Sprachgewohnheiten einzelner Autoren, zur Beschäftigung byzantinischer Gelehrter mit der Geschichte des griechischen Wortschatzes sowie zum Einfluß des Griechischen auf das lateinische Vokabular des Humanismus und der Renaissance. Tradition und Innovation in der Sprache der Byzantiner und ihrer Nachfahren stehen damit im Mittelpunkt der Beiträge von Wissenschaftlern aus mehreren europäischen Ländern.


REVIEW: Roger S. Bagnall (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World 300-700.

Roger S. Bagnall (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World 300-700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xv, 464; figs. 74. ISBN 978-0-521-87137-2. $99.00.

Reviewed by Shawn W.J. Keough, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (shawn.keough@theo.kuleuven.be)
Word count: 1105 words

This book's genesis lies in the annual Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies, which in 2004 was dedicated to the theme 'Egypt in the Byzantine World, 450-700'. Roger Bagnall subsequently expanded the focus of the symposium and invited further contributions from notable specialists, so that the resultant volume represents a valuable and timely collection of essays which not only outlines the state of the very best contemporary scholarship on late antique Egypt, but also demonstrates the extent to which further work is necessary and indicates what directions may be most fruitful for such future research.

etc. at BMCR

Sunday, September 21, 2008

An Inscribed Cup from the Alexandrian Harbor

The subject of a long string on Papy-L, the upshot of which is:
1. The cup is genuine
2. the inscription was made before firing
3. the writing is a good match for the first century AD
4. although χηρϲτου (chrêstou) for χριϲτου (christou) is a perfectly normal misspelling for the time,
5. the other half of the inscription ογοιϲταιϲ, is hard to reconcile with a Christian context.
5.b ὁ γοι{σ}ταίς r. γοητής is difficult phonologically (αι x η is similar to the αι x ε, but not very common). The form is also unattested TLG). GWS
5.b the meaning cannot then be "through Jesus the magician" (which would require the genitive) but a magician through Jesus (Bertrand).
5.c. ο⟨ἱ⟩ γόητες (plural) would be possible; GWS
6. Suggested interpretations are: διὰ χρηστοῦ ὁ γευστής (Cuvingy).
7. or διάχριστου (ointment) ο( ) γοιστ. may indicate a medicinal context (Kajava) (see TLG sv. γοιστ).

See also: Current Epigraphy blog
Textual Criticism of the Bible blog (with annoying pop-ups)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

John LUNDON, Update of: The Scholia Minora in Homerum: An Alphabetical List

The Scholia Minora in Homerum: An Alphabetical List
by John Lundon

The new update includes:

• P.Oxy. LXXI 4818 (ed. Hatzilambrou): Sch. Min. ad Il. I 326–36, 340–53
• P.Oxy. LXXI 4819 (ed. Hatzilambrou): Sch. Min. ad Il. I 332–41, 354–60
• P.Sijp. 2 (ed. Parsons): Sch. Min. ad Il. VI 383–519
• P.Köln X 399 (ed. Gronewald): Sch. Min. ad Il. X 4–7
• Luppe, W., ZPE 148 (2004) 119–120 (on P.Köln X 399)
• McNamee, K., Annotations in Greek and Latin Texts from Egypt, ASP 45, The
American Society of Papyrologists, 2007, 269–86

source: Papy-L

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Shape of the Book: From Roll to Codex, 3rd Century BC- 19th Century AD

The Library on Display
The Shape of the Book: From Roll to Codex
(3rd century BC-19th century AD)

edited by F. Arduini
with an essay by G. Cavallo

February 2008
paperback; 140x200 mm; 96 pp.
64 colour illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-116-4 English
isbn 978-88-7461-115-7 Italian

EUR 14.00
Following the success of Imaginary Creatures, the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana inaugurates “The Shape of the Book: From Roll to Codex” (Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, 15 February–31 July 2008), the second event of the Library on Display project, a series of theme-based exhibitions of Laurentian manuscripts.

Both the exhibition and the catalogue are divided into two sections, the Papyrus Collection and the Manuscript Collection. The first section opens with the famous Sappho ostrakon first published by Medea Norsa (PSI XIII 1300), a potsherd on which a pupil from the 2nd century BC wrote some strophes of an ode possibly dedicated to Aphrodite, and includes waxed wooden tablets, a lead tablet, carbonized papyri, papyrus fragments (of particular interest are several documents from the Zenon Archive, 3rd century BC), and papyrus and parchment rolls and codices.

Differing markedly in terms of format, production, script and decoration, the rolls and codices included in the second section illustrate significant stages in the evolution of the book form through the ages. Several manuscripts document the activity of notable centres of book production during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, from the imperial scriptorium at Constantinople to monasteries and high-quality workshops in Europe and particularly in 15th-century Florence. The section features a codex in Giovanni Boccaccio’s own hand, one of the models of the so-called “Danti del Cento” (a group of 100 manuscripts of Dante’s Divine Comedy produced in the 14th century) and examples of pocket and giant Bibles, ending with a superbly illuminated Persian manuscript and two Oriental scrolls from China and Japan respectively, unusual sights in Italian conservation libraries.

The masterful introductory essay by Guglielmo Cavallo offers an overview of the history of the book from the papyrus roll to the invention of the printing press, a field in which his expertise is virtually unparalleled.

Franca Arduini is Director of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Laurentian Library), Florence.

Guglielmo Cavallo is Professor of Greek Palaeography at the Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. He is one of the world’s leading experts on palaeography and the history of writing.

Table of contents

Preface, by F. Arduini

On rolls, codices and other aspects of ancient and medieval written culture
by G. Cavallo

The papyrus collection (Entries 1–20)
The manuscript collection (Entries 21–40)

Bibliographical references

Index of papyri and manuscripts
P. Flor. I 71
P. Flor. I 93
P. Flor. II 148
PL III/973
PSI I 28
PSI I 103
PSI IV 361
PSI IV 422
PSI IV 428
PSI V 514
PSI IX 1027
PSI X 1164
PSI X 1197
PSI XI 1182
PSI XII 1266
PSI XIV 1371
Acquisti e Doni 153
Acquisti e Doni 777
Acquisti e Doni 794
Acquisti e Doni 801
Acquisti e Doni 821
Ashburnham 125
Edili 125
Edili 182
Orientale 11
Pluteo 2.16
Pluteo 3, capsula I
Pluteo 4.31
Pluteo 5 sin. 6
Pluteo 33.31
Pluteo 46.12
Pluteo 74.7
Pluteo 82.1
Pluteo 90 sup. 125
Redi 28
San Marco 257

Entry authors: E. Antonucci, F. Arduini,
S. Magrini, R. Pintaudi, I.G. Rao.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Jitse H.F. Dijkstra, Philae and the End of Ancient Egyptian Religion:

Philae and the End of Ancient Egyptian Religion
A Regional Study of Religious Transformation (298-642 CE)

Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 173

Authors: Dijkstra J.H.F.

Year: 2008
ISBN: 978-90-429-2031-6
Pages: XVIII-466 p.
Price: 85 EURO

The famous island of Philae, on Egypt's southern frontier, can be considered the last major temple site where Ancient Egyptian religion was practiced. According to the Byzantine historian Procopius, in 535-537 CE the Emperor Justinian ordered one of his generals to end this situation by destroying the island's temples. This account has usually been accepted as a sufficient explanation for the end of the Ancient Egyptian cults at Philae. Yet it is by no means unproblematic. This book shows that the event of 535-537 has to be seen in a larger context of religious transformation at Philae, which was more complex and gradual than Procopius describes it. Not only are the various Late Antique sources from and on Philae taken into account, for the first time the religious developments at Philae are also placed in a regional context by analyzing the sources from the other major towns in the region, Syene (Aswan) and Elephantine.

source: Papy-L