Greek humanistic miscellany, ca. 1530.

Manuscript, Book
1 v. (44 folios) : paper.


ca. 1530.
Summary note
Bound volume of miscellaneous Greek texts, written in Italy, possibly Rome, ca. 1530. Texts include an anonymous commentary on the Old Testament Book of Genesis, "Parva Ilias" by Joannes Tzetzes (fl. 12th century), "Ode on a Young Girl" by Anacreon (560-478 B.C.), and "Ode to Aphrodite" by Sappho (fl. ca. 650-590 B.C.). In addition, there are Latin and Greek notes on Heroic poetry.
Layout: 44 folios, preceded and followed by [1] paper flyleaf, complete (collation: [2] + i8, ii10, iii-iv8, v4, vi4 + [2]), catchwords, on paper (watermark close to Briquet, "Agneau pascal", no. 58: Rome 1531-1535), written in brown ink in a Greek humanistic script, with numerous abbreviations, some marginal corrections or clarifications in Greek. The manuscript was rebound in Princeton University Library Preservation Office. Page size 208 x 140 mm.
  • 1. fols. 1-12v: Anonymous commentary on the Old Testament, Book of Genesis.
  • 2. fols. 13r-42r: Joannes Tzetzes (fl. 12th century), "Parva Ilias" ["Prohomerica" or "Antehomerica," "Homerica and Posthomerica"]; Published in F. S. Lehrs and F. Dübner, eds., Hēsiodou Poiēmata... (Paris: Editore Ambrosio Firmin Didot, 1840), pp. 3-10. Fol. 39v is blank.
  • 3. fol. 42r, Anacreon (560-478 B.C.), Ode on a Young Girl. Text published in M. L. West, ed., Carmina Anacreontea edidit (Leipzig: Teubner, 1984), no. 60; Anacreon, Anacreonta, tr. David A. Campbell, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1988 (Loeb Classical Library, 143).
  • 4. fol. 42v, Sappho (fl. ca. 650-590 B.C.), Ode to Aphrodite. Text published in numerous editions of Sappho.
  • 5. fol. 44r, Notes on Heroic Poetry, in Latin and Greek, heading, "De heroici carminis speciebus"; incipit, "Tres sunt heroici carminis species..." Fol. 45r-v is blank.
Provenance unknown. Most likely written in Italy, ca. 1530.
Source acquisition
Purchased: Chiefly with a gift from Mervin R. Dilts, Princeton Class of 1960. Additional funds provided by the Theodore F. Sanxay Fund, and the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, 2006. AM 2007-26.
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