The Homiliae Morales, Hexaemeron, De Litteris, with Additional Coverage of the Letters
Part one: Manuscripts.
818 p., 155 x 245 mm, 1996
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The second volume of the Bibliotheca Basiliana Vniversalis covers all the
extant mss, translations and editions of Basil of Caesarea's Homiliae morales, and more than 300 homiletic type adaptations. In addition, it provides
descriptions of a number of the mss and editions of the letters that were
left out volume one, and of all the editions and translations both of the
homilies and the letters from ca.1470 to the present. Besides the native
tongue of Basil, some twenty other languages are represented. Throughout an
attempt has been made at correcting some of the descriptions of the sixteenth-
century composite editions which the homilies share with the letters and the
ascetica. Also in this volume have been included many mss, editions and
translations of the Vita s. Basilii of Ps.-Amphilochius (CPG 3253), the
Laudatio of Ps.Ephraem (BHG 246) and the Laudatio of Ioannes XIII Glykys,
Patriarch of Constantinople (1315-1319; BHG 262h) even when they were found
in mss containing no works of Basil. The method employed in this volume is very similar to that adopted in the first volume.
In the first three chapters all the corpora of the Homiliae
and the Hexaemeron are described, in Greek and in eight ancient languages
into which Basil has been translated, namely Arabic, Armenian, Coptic,
Ethiopic, Georgian, Latin, Old Slavonic and Syriac. Chapters Four to Ten
are home to some 6000 mss written both in Greek (Classical en Demotic)
and the eight languages. The mss are housed in some 400 libraries whose
locations span from the Atlantic Ocean to the Volga River. Chapters eleven
and twelve provide extensive coverage of all the editions from ca.1470 to
the present. In Chapters thirteen to fifteen every work whether authentic,
dubious or spurious is identified according to its titles, incipits/desinits, its location in the mss of the corpora and single mss, editions and