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Leggere per excerpta : la silloge di estratti conservata nel manoscritto greco Napoli, Biblioteca Nazionale II C 32

Abstract : Byzantine scholars did not read ancient authors passively: when they read, they always kept a pen in their hands in order to be able to correct eventual mistakes, add notes or scholia, include commentaries. They often employed books to collect interesting quotes, which they annotated separately in handbooks, so that they were ready to be used in the composition of an original work. The study of an anthology of excerpts allows us to somehow approach the writing desk of a scholar of the past: in doing so, it grants us the possibility to understand which texts he read and why, and also analyze the method he used in exploiting his sources. Ms Neap. II C 32 is an exceptional witness of this form of ‘active’ reading. The codex constitutes the reflection of the literary interests of a group of scholars who used to annotate the most interesting passages they found while reading. The codex was written by an only scribe, i.e. George Galesiotes, who worked for the patriarchal chancellery of Constantinople in the first half of the 14th century. Neap. II C 32 is not a scholarly handbook: it is the fair copy of several handbooks. The anthologies of excerpts included in the manuscript have been organized according to a precise project. The codex can thus be divided into three main sections: the first one is dedicated to the Bible (ff. 1-27), the second one to works of religious nature (ff. 28-149), the third one contains profane authors. Textual-critical analysis allows us to situate some of the anthologies included in Neap. II C 32 within the main manuscript tradition of the authors.
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Ottavia Mazzon. Leggere per excerpta : la silloge di estratti conservata nel manoscritto greco Napoli, Biblioteca Nazionale II C 32. Literature. Université Paris sciences et lettres; Università degli studi (Padoue, Italie), 2018. Italian. ⟨NNT : 2018PSLEP014⟩. ⟨tel-03112232⟩



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