Book Epigrams as Ekphraseis? A Look at the Menologion of Basil IIPosted on 21/11/2022Categories: Blog, Ekphrasis, Iliad, Menologion of Basil II, Miniatures, Nicholas Mesarites, Paul the Silentiary, Progymnasmataby Brad HostetlerEpigrams often include descriptive details about the images and things that they adorn. For example, the epigram in a menologion (Oxford, Bodleian Library, gr. th. f. 1) describes the pearls, silver, and gold that decorated the book’s cover; an epigram in a lectionary (Mount Athos, Mone Megistes Lauras Α 103... Read More
Παῦλος ὁ μύστης τῶν ἀπορρήτων λόγων: On the Use of Book Epigrams in New Testament Catenae on PaulPosted on 24/10/2022Categories: Blog, Catenae, Church Fathers, Miniatures, New Testament, Paul the Apostleby Jacopo MarconCatenae and commentaries on the Pauline Epistles: the case of the Pseudo-Oecumenian catena Biblical catenae are Byzantine manuscripts comprising a selection of patristic and exegetical material from multiple sources. The biblical text, usually in the middle of the page for the so-called ‘frame’ or ‘marginal’ catenae, is surrounded by the... Read More
Carmine finito: Some Evidence of Latin Book EpigramsPosted on 02/09/2022Categories: Blog, Church Fathers, Colophons, Latin book epigrams, Miniatures, Western manuscriptsby Renaat MeestersLatin book epigrams can be found in numerous Western manuscripts. Just as is the case with Byzantine book epigrams, it seems that there is a lot of variation among Latin book epigrams. Some are short and formulaic, others are more refined literary compositions. Similar subgenres (scribe-, patron-, owner-, author-, reader-,... Read More
The Byzantine Reader’s Experience Between Paratexts and Collections of Excerpts: Reading the IliadPosted on 09/06/2022Categories: Blog, Education, Excerpts, Iliad, Memory, Readership, Scholiaby Ottavia MazzonThe compilation of anthologies of excerpts, that is to say, the selection and transcription of passages deemed important while reading a text, is a common scholarly practice in Byzantium: excerpts were essential to the way Byzantine intellectuals managed information. Very often, collections of excerpts were compiled close to the moment... Read More