Book Series Giornale Italiano di Filologia - Bibliotheca, vol. 31

The Collectio Avellana and the Development of Notarial Practices in Late Antiquity

Rita Lizzi Testa, Giulia Marconi (eds)

  • Pages: approx. 770 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 b/w, 1 col., 5 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, Italian, Spanish
  • Publication Year:2023


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On the basis of the famous but elusive Collectio Avellana, the contributions in this volume study the evolving status and roles of ‘notaries’ in Late Antiquity, adding an exciting new chapter to the history of information management and technologies

Summary

The essays collected in the volume study the competences and status of Late Antique notaries, who from simple stenographers acquired responsibilities and growing importance within the Imperial Court and in the Papal chancellery, being charged with drawing up the Acts of the consistorium and the ecclesiastical councils, to preserve and often deliver sensitive documents from Rome to Constantinople. The analysis of their multiple activities, and the functions they had in the imperial and episcopal archives, as well as in the libraries of the great Roman domus allows to verify also some new hypotheses on the compiler and on the editing of the Collectio Avellana. Since in the Middle Ages the collection was transcribed into two main manuscripts, preserved in Santa Croce di Fonte Avellana, the essays also try to understand what role the founder of the Monastery, San Pier Damiani, played in preserving this collection.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction (Rita Lizzi Testa)

I. The Making of the Collectio Avellana from Cassiodorus to Pier Damiani
La seconda vita di Cassiodoro e la Collectio Avellana (Pierfrancesco Porena)
Ritornando sulla Collectio Avellana. La subscriptio del notarius Sixtus nel Codex Berolinensis Latinus 79 (Paola Paolucci)
The Gesta de absolutione Miseni of 495 as Synodal Minutes: A Formal Analysis (Tommaso Mari)
Dal manoscritto medievale ai modelli tardoantichi. Indizi nel Codice V della Collectio Avellana (Serena Ammirati)
Pier Damiani e la Collectio Avellana (Giulia Marconi)

II. A Teeming World of Secretaries and Archives, between the Senatorial Aristocracy and the Imperial Court
Alcune note sui notarii nella Corte imperiale del IV secolo (Ignazio Tantillo)
The notarii of the Valentinian Emperors (364-392 A.D.): Social Profiles, Promotion in Rank, and Political Rise in the East and in the West (Milena Raimondi)
L’aristocrazia senatoria romana e la trasmissione di oracoli e prodigi sulla fine dell’Impero tra Roma e Costantinopoli (sec. V-VI) (Umberto Roberto)
Archivi palatini tardo antichi: genesi e mitopoiesi (Maria G. Castello)
Los constitutionarii ¿exceptores del Senado? (María Victoria Escribano Paño)
I funzionari dell’amministrazione civile al Concilio di Calcedonia (451) (Joachim Szidat)
Archivos y notarii en las relaciones bizantino-visigodas (Margarita Vallejo-Girvés)
Lo scriba di Ravenna e la prefettura del pretorio tardoantica (Fabrizio Oppedisano)
Gli exceptores fra Tarda Antichità e Alto Medioevo. Aspetti istituzionali, sociali e culturali (Dario Internullo)

III. Tachygraphers, Notaries, and the Formation of the Ecclesiastical Chancellery
Abiectis ante iudicis pedes tabulis. La sténographie et les sténographes des passions antiques tardives des martyrs chrétiens. Quelques observations (Michel-Yves Perrin)
Notarii, decretali e apocrifi a Roma tra fine V e inizio VI secolo (Tessa Canella)
Los preceptos romanos en las primeras colecciones canónicas atestiguadas en Hispania (Josep Vilella)
Committenti e ‘tecnici’ delle collezioni: i traduttori tra notarii, copisti, stenografi e altri. Dal caso delle Dionysianae (Teresa Sardella)
Ecclesiastical Bureaucracy at the Synod under Menas in 536 (Sylvain Destephen)
Da stenografi ad amministratori: i notarii nel Registrum Epistularum di Gregorio Magno (Elena Caliri)

IV. Moving Documents in Late Antiquity: Messengers and Negotiators in the Collectio Avellana
Los notarios en la Collectio Avellana: formaciòn, funciones y papel institutional (Juana Torres)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger? Men of ‘Power and Might’ – Notarii and Exceptores in the Collectio Avellana (Alexander Evers)
Moving the Mail: The Status and Operations of Letter Carriers in the Collectio Avellana (Noel Lenski)

Concluding Remarks: Cassiodorus as antiquarius and the Copyist in Vivarium (Rita Lizzi Testa)

General Bibliography
Index Nominum