Recapturing a Homeric Legacy: Images and Insights from the Venetus A Manuscript of the Iliad

Recapturing a Homeric Legacy: Images and Insights from the Venetus A Manuscript of the Iliad

by Casey Dué
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674032020

ISBN-13: 9780674032026

Pub. Date: 08/31/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Marcianus Graecus Z. 454 [= 822], known to Homeric scholars as the Venetus A, is the oldest complete text of the Iliad in existence, meticulously crafted during the tenth century ce. An impressive thousand years old and then some, its historical reach is far greater. The Venetus A preserves in its entirety a text that was composed within an oral tradition…  See more details below

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Marcianus Graecus Z. 454 [= 822], known to Homeric scholars as the Venetus A, is the oldest complete text of the Iliad in existence, meticulously crafted during the tenth century ce. An impressive thousand years old and then some, its historical reach is far greater. The Venetus A preserves in its entirety a text that was composed within an oral tradition that can be shown to go back as far as the second millennium bce, and the writings in its margins preserve the scholarship of Ptolemaic scholars working in the second century bce and in the centuries following. Two thousand years later, technology offers a new opportunity to rediscover this scholarship and better understand the epic that is the foundation of Western literature. The high-resolution images of the manuscript that accompany these essays were acquired by a multinational team of scholars and conservators in May 2007.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032026
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Series:
Hellenic Studies Series, #35
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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