The work “Orbis descriptio” by Dionysius Periegetes in the manuscript 25 of the Library of Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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Unit:
Κατεύθυνση Αρχαία Ελληνική Φιλολογία
Library of the School of Philosophy
Deposit date:
2017-02-19
Year:
2017
Author:
Zavakou Georgia
Supervisors info:
Αθηνά Μπάζου, Λέκτορας Κλασικής Φιλολογίας, Τμήμα Φιλολογίας, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Φώτιος Δημητρακόπουλος, Καθηγητής Βυζαντινής Φιλολογίας, Τμήμα Φιλολογίας, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Διονύσιος Καλαμάκης, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Βυζαντινής Φιλολογίας, Τμήμα Φιλολογίας, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Το έργο "Οἰκουμένης Περιήγησις" του Διονυσίου Περιηγητή στο χειρόγραφο 25 του Σπουδαστηρίου Βυζαντινής και Νεοελληνικής Φιλολογίας του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών
Languages:
Greek
Translated title:
The work “Orbis descriptio” by Dionysius Periegetes in the manuscript 25 of the Library of Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Summary:
The famous work “Orbis descriptio” by Dionysius Periegetes constitutes a geographical treatise in verse that enjoyed enormous popularity in ancient times as a school textbook. As Dionysius’s poem remained in regular academic use throughout the Middle ages, a large number of annotated manuscript copies and translations preserving the text have come down to us. Among these manuscripts is the codex 25 of the Library of Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a codex which has not yet been the subject of a thorough study. The present work, dealing with the text “Orbis descriptio” in the manuscript 25, tries to shed light on its eclectic character as well as determine its value. Τhe first chapter focuses on the reasons why Dionysius’s poem enjoyed a remarkable and labyrinthine manuscript tradition by over 130 extant manuscripts witnesses; it deals with issues concerned with the broader context in which this literary work took place, while presenting its dating and its literary form. The second chapter discusses the manuscript tradition of the poem concentrating on the earliest manuscript witnesses, as well as the indirect tradition and the numerous editions and translations of the text. The third and main chapter of the present study examines the scribe’s work on the poem “Orbis descriptio” in the manuscript 25, who has been identified by previous research as Pachomius Rusanus, one of the greatest scholars of the 16th century and teachers of the enslaved Greek nation. The fact that Rusanus’ text annotation activity has not been yet properly researched attaches great importance to the manuscript. The analysis provides examples of his interlinear and marginal notes in the poem, trying to identify his sources as well as determine his annotation and teaching method. The final chapter examines the position of the codex in the stemma codicum, based on the propositions by the editor of the text Isavella Tsavari. A thorough collation of the text, as preserved in codex 25, compared to earlier extant manuscripts shows its precise place in the stemma and proposes a reconstruction of the branch the codex belongs to on the basis of concrete evidence. The study ends up with the General Conclusions where the findings of the previous chapters are underlined, while being complemented by an iconographical documented Annex.
Main subject category:
Language – Literature
Keywords:
Dionysius Periegetes, Orbis Descriptio, Pachomius Rusanus, manuscript
Index:
Yes
Number of index pages:
1
Contains images:
Yes
Number of references:
123
Number of pages:
99
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