Book Series Lectio, vol. 2

Textual Transmission in Byzantium

Between Textual Criticism and Quellenforschung

Juan Signes Codoñer, Inmaculada Pérez Martín (eds)

  • Pages: 580 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:6 b/w, 6 col., 1 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, French, Italian
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55269-9
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Quellenforschung versus Textual Criticism tested in Byzantine texts.



Juan Signes Codoñer is professor for Greek at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and has researched on Byzantine Literature of the sixth to eleventh centuries, particularly on historical sources.
Inmaculada Pérez Martín is research at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid and her main topic of research is the transmission and reception of texts in Byzantium, mainly during the Palaeologan period.



A workshop was held in February 2012 in Madrid to stimulate a debate on textual criticism centred on the analysis of Byzantine texts and their modes of publication, rewriting and diffusion. The main aim was to provide future editors or scholars of the history of texts with a rich typology of concepts to guide their task, such as interpolation, paraphrasis, metaphrasis, quotation, collection, amplification or falsification, among others, but always taking into account that the principles upon which the discipline of textual criticism was founded needed to be reconsidered when dealing with the transmission of Byzantine texts. The present book brings together the different case studies produced by the participants of the workshop into a coherent whole and distributes them into five different sections according to their methodological approaches: 1. Language and style; 2. Virtual libraries and crossed readings; 3. Philosophical treatises and collections; 3.The sources of history; 5. Law texts and their reception. The results of the different approaches put forward by the contributors offer a broad palette of methodological strategies that are, to a great extent, complementary, and will, so we hope, illuminate the task of the future editors with new reflections.


Introduction (Juan Signes Codoñer)

Section 1: Language and Style
Between Simplification and Elaboration: Byzantine Metaphraseis Compared (Martin Hinterberger)
Towards a Vocabulary for Rewriting in Byzantium (Juan Signes Codoñer)

Section 2: Virtual Libraries and Crossed Readings
L'automne du patriarche. Photios, la Bibliothèque et le Venezia, Bibl. Naz. Marc. gr. 450 (Filippo Ronconi)
Editing the Miscellanea of Theodoros Metochites (Staffan Wahlgren)
A Scholium and a Glossary: Two Footnotes to the Circulation of Rhetorical Texts in the Medieval Greek-speaking World (Filippomaria Pontani)
Osservazioni sulle forme della lettura di Platone tra gli eruditi bizantini e sulla trasmissione del testo della Appendix degli Apocrifi del corpus platonico (con note paleografiche sul Vat. Pal. gr. 173 e sul Vat. Pal. gr. 174) (Mariella Menchelli)

Section 3: Philosophical Treatises and Collections
La recensio altera du Commentaire d’Alexandre d’Aphrodise à la Métaphysique d’Aristote et le témoignage des manuscrits byzantins Laurentianus Plut. 87, 12 et Ambrosianus F 113 sup. (Pantelis Golitsis)
Un petit florilège sur l'âme et le corps (De corpore et anima) dans le Liber de definitionibus (CPG 2254) attribué à Athanase d’Alexandrie (Caroline Macé, Thomas Wauters, Tomas Fernandez & Lorenzo Cuppi)
The Teubner Edition of Psellos in the Light of a New Find in MS Trinity College Dublin 373 (Barbara Crostini)
The Transmission of Michael Psellos’ Writings on Meteorologica (Inmaculada Pérez Martín)
The Monk and the Stagirite. An Analysis of the De Virtute et Ascesi of Nicephorus Blemmydes (Erika Gielen)

Section 4: The Sources of History
L’uso delle fonti in sede di recensio: la Ciropedia di Zonara (Epit. III 15-26) (Michele Bandini)
Basileios Nothos as Compiler: The De Cerimoniis and Theophanes Continuatus (Jeffrey Michael Featherstone)
Dans le cahier des chroniqueurs. Le cas d'Eustathe d'Antioche (Paolo Odorico)
Quellenforschung am Beispiel der Chronik des Konstantinos Manasses (Andreas Rhoby)

Section 5: Law Texts and Their Reception
El valor de las fuentes jurídicas bizantinas para la crítica textual y Quellenforschung del Corpus Iuris Civilis: una visión panorámica (Francisco Javier Andrés Santos)
Contesti di produzione e fruizione dei manoscritti giuridici a Bisanzio. Qualche esempio (Daniele Bianconi)
Trasmissione del testo e giurisprudenza bizantina: la tutela pretoria da Dig. 9.2 a Bas. 60.3 - Profili dogmatici (Massimo Miglietta)
Lost and Found: On Recovery of Forgotten Classical Institutions in Early Byzantine Legal Texts (José-Domingo Rodríguez Martín)
The Basilica between Quellenforschung and Textual Criticism (Thomas Ernst van Bochove)

In the Manner of Conclusions: An Epilogue (Juan Signes Codoñer & Inmaculada Pérez Martín)