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Chiara Meccariello, The Fountain of Arsinoe in Supplementum Hellenisticum 978, pp. 1-16

Abstract - P.Cairo JdE 65445, a late third-century BCE school textbook probably from the Fayum, is our only witness to a Hellenistic epigram that describes in painstaking detail a fountain featuring a sculpture of a Ptolemaic Arsinoe (Supplementum Hellenisticum 978). In this paper I examine some of the epigram’s most debated textual points and offer a new discussion of the fountain’s sculptural display, arguing that the identification of the figures among which Arsinoe was placed with a group of Nymphs rather than a royal couple has logical and iconographical advantages, as well as important consequences on the overall interpretation of the epigram.

Chiara Monaco, Reconstructing a Single Roll of Φιλιππικο Λόγοι (P.Oxy. LXII 4314 + P.Oxy. LXX 4764, P.Oxy. XLIX 3435 and PSI XI 1205 + PSI inv. 2018, pp. 17-32, tavv. 1-4

Abstract - The purpose of this article is to reconstruct a single roll of Φιλιππικοὶ λόγοι transmitting the three Olynthiacs and the First Philippic. I claim that the three Demosthenic papyri analysed in this article, two of which belong to the Oxyrhynchus collection (P.Oxy. LXII 4314 + P.Oxy. LXX 4764 and P.Oxy. XLIX 3435) and one to the Società Papirologica Italiana (PSI XI 1205 + PSI inv. 2018), have been written by the same scribe and belong to the same roll. In the first part of the article an analysis of the writing, the measures and the layout of the papyri is provided with reference to details useful for recognising a single scribe. In the second part, information about the place and date of the finds is presented in order to support the idea of a single roll.

Lorenzo Sardone, Copisti antichi tra rotoli e codici demostenici, pp. 33-43, tavv. 1-2

Abstract - A new exam of PSI XIV 1395, PSI Congr. XVII 13 and P.Oxy. LXVII 4569 reveals interesting paleographic, bibliological and codicological elements. These three Demosthenic papyri appear to have been written by the same hand. Therefore, in the III century AD, in the Ossirinchite area, the same scribe used different book supports. This is an evidence of the long coexistence of volumina and codices. The analysis can be enriched by a fourth papyrus: the hand of the three Demosthenic papyri seems to be the same one that copied PSI XIV 1382 (Odyssey 16, 415-428). So, we are dealing with a professional scribe, who prepared rolls and codices of modest quality for the book market.

Furthermore, it is possible to compare other two Demosthenic papyri: P.Oxy. LXII 4315 and P.Oxy. LXII 4329. They seem written by the same hand, that in the III century AD prepared an edition of Demosthenes’ Φιλιππικοὶ λόγοι.

Raffaella Cribiore, Autographs Again, pp. 45-55, tav. 1

Abstract - Autographs have always attracted attention because they allow us to capture a writer directly on paper. In this article I am trying to shed some light on autographs, partial autographs, and ideographs. I will also consider the life and trade of scribes of which little is known. I am examining two rhetorical texts, M.-P.3 1851; TM 64374; BKT V.1.82-93; P.Berol. inv. 10558-10559, Encomia, in honor of a professor at Smyrna and written by a professor of rhetoric from the fourth century. Both leaves of the codex show corrections and additions in the margins or the interlinear space. Several scholars, among which were Pasquali, Dorandi and Cavallo, debated the question whether these were autographs or master copies and all of them excluded the possibility of autographs. I, however, propose that the scholar who wrote the two versions of the Berlin Epicedia did not need to dictate them to someone else but wrote and corrected the texts himself, which should be regarded as autograph texts.

Giovanna Longo, An Approach to Greek and Latin Handbooks on Declamation, pp. 57-87

Abstract - This paper aims to investigate how Greek and Roman rhetoricians taught students to shape declamations in their daily school routine. The focus is at first on two handbooks ([Quintilian]’s Minor Declamations and Sopatros’ How to Divide Rhetorical Issues) that showcase how to develop one or more portions of a declamation, providing in the process both theoretical elucidations and practical tips; a number of papyrus finds from Greco-Roman Egypt are subsequently reviewed, mostly dating from the I to the III century AD. Some of these can be identified as ‘props’ that rhetoricians prepared for their own teaching job, others as ‘aids’ for students in their daily labour on declamation. In each case the written text is designed to be supplemented by the teachings given directly by the master’s living voice.

Filippo Ronconi, «L’esprit demeure dans le Fils» ou «dans le ciel»? Quelques réflexions sur la traduction grecque des Dialogues de Grégoire le Grand et sur le Vat. gr. 1666, pp. 89-121, tav. 1

Abstract - The article focuses on one of the main cultural events that took place in Rome in the 8th c., i.e. the translation by Pope Zacharias (r. 749-752) of the Dialogi of Gregory the Great. After examining the reasons that prompted Zacharias to choose Gregory’s work, it concentrates on the way the translation altered an important sentence by Gregory, concerning the procession of the Holy Spirit and on the causes of this alteration. It also focuses on the fact – never noticed before – that in the most ancient manuscript of the translation (the Vat. gr. 1666 copied in the year 800 almost certainly in Rome), the word "Son" is written on an erasure. After reconstructing the original text below the erasure, a series of events spreading from the middle of the 7th c. to the end of the 9th c., involving Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Aachen and Frankfurt will be investigated: a complex story that constitutes a little studied phase of the Filioque dispute.

Benedetta Trono, Per la storia del testo della Biblioteca di Fozio: Pinax e note redazionali, pp. 123-185

Abstract - The two primary witnesses of Photius’ Bibliotheca (Marc. gr. Z. 450 and Marc. gr. Z. 451) transmit an index (pinax) that provides the entry number and the beginning of the 280 chapters composing the work. This article focuses on the ‘second part’ of the Bibliotheca (ch. 234-280), offering a comparison between the pinax and the text of the two manuscripts. In the first part of the article, some significant divergences between the pinax and the text of the Bibliotheca will be pointed out. It will be argued that the pinax had been composed probably before the work got its ultimate refinement and before it was transcribed in the form of a manuscript. This will allow to reconstruct some of the material features of the original copy of the Bibliotheca, presumably consisting of thematic dossiers. The following section of the article aims to demonstrate the independence of the second part of the pinax from the most ancient witness of the Bibliotheca, Marc. gr. Z. 450. Moreover, the fact that the pinax seems to reflect a more ancient stage of the composition of the Bibliotheca will cast new light on the stemmatic relationships between the two manuscripts. Finally, the comparison between the pinax and the text of the Bibliotheca will make it possible to investigate the editorial changes undergone by the Bibliotheca in the lapse of time between the composition of the pinax and the realization of the Marc. gr. Z. 450. The original copy of the Bibliotheca seems therefore to be a «mobile archetype», according to Sebastiano Timpanaro’s definition.

Michela Rosellini, Tradizione e testo nel libro 18 dell’Ars di Prisciano, pp. 187-198.

Abstract - In this paper I discuss some passages in Priscian’s Ars book 18, taking into account the whole Carolingian and South-Italian tradition of the text. Every passage shows a different feature of transmission and presents different problems in the reconstruction of both the archetypal and the original form, which in some occasions were altered or concealed by the intervention of later erudite masters.

Valeria Giovanna Nitti, Gli inediti Flores dictandi di Albertus de Sancto Martino, pp. 199-222

Abstract - The Flores dictandi by Alberto d’Asti represent a unique evidence of the presence of ars dictaminis in the subalpine Piedmont area in the 12th century. This contribution aims to analyse the content of this unedited treatise and to reflect on the method of composition employed by the author, whose portrait will be reconstructed from archive sources. The research has detected a close relationship between the Flores dictandi and numerous treatises of the Tuscan-Emilian school of the second half of the 12th century: the Rationes dictandi prosaice by Ugo di Bologna, the productions of Maestro Bernardo, the Praecepta prosaici dictaminis secundum Tullium and the still unedited Primo igitur ut seriata.

Fabio Acerbi – Daniele Bianconi, L'Organon a fisarmonica di Giovanni Cortasmeno, pp. 223-282, tavv. 1-16

Abstract - The several parts of a now-dismembered late-13th century Organon, owned and quite creatively annotated by John Chortasmenos, are presented and studied. The main copyist of this manuscript is also identified in a number of other manuscripts of philosophical contents. Chortasmenos’ exegetical practice is also discussed, with special emphasis on his sources and on his extensive use of diagrams.

Ciro Giacomelli, La Vita Procli di Marino di Neapoli fra Niceforo Gregora e Bessarione. Appunti sul Laur. Plut. 86.3, con osservazioni sulla storia del testo del De Pythagorica secta di Giamblico in età umanistica, pp. 283-305, tavv. 1-2

Abstract - Cardinal Bessarion penned a short epitome of Marinus’ Life of Proclus in the Monacensis 547. This paper, offering a new edition and Italian translation of the text, aims to demonstrate that the Cardinal read Marinus’ Life of Proclus on the Laur. Plut. 86.3, a late 13th century manuscript annotated by the byzantine scholar Nikephoros Gregoras. This finding sheds light on the transmission of the Pythagorean works of Jamblichus and on the production of Theodore the Deacon, an early 15th century scribe whose activity and chronology remain still somewhat obscure. The last part of the study offers a new piece of evidence on Theodore’s role in the transmission of Polybius (Vat. gr. 124).

Gennaro Celato, Gli Adversariorum libri di Nicolaas Heinsius: una proposta di datazione dal carteggio con Ottavio Falconieri, pp. 307-319

Abstract - The article focuses on the N. Heinsius’ Adversariorum libri. By the references internal to the Adversaria and some mentions of this work in Heinsius’ correspondance (namely in the published letters to Ottavio Falconieri and in an unpublished letter to Angelico Aprosio), we will try to gain some chronological information about the writing steps of the work.

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