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Facsimiles of Greek manuscripts

Postby Auberon » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:22 pm

Hi all,

I'm interested in the transmission of Greek tragedy and the field of paleography, and I was reading about how codexes from the Middle Ages have been reproduced in book form. I've done some searching on the internet and haven't had too much luck in finding any. I see codexes that are Bible related, but as I mentioned I am looking for those that relate to Greek drama.

Some that I've been seeking in facsimile form are:

Mediceus Laurentianus 32.9 and 32.2
Palimpsest Codex no. 36
Manuscript G
Bibliotheca Nazionale II, F.31


Does anyone know where these can be found and if they are available at a reasonable price? (The ones relating to the OT and NT are relatively plentiful and inexpensive.) Thanks in advance.
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Re: Facsimiles of Greek manuscripts

Postby thesaurus » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:42 pm

I don't know about these particular manuscripts, but I think most MS facsimiles tend to be very expensive and difficult to buy. We used some various medieval MS in some literature seminars, and they were usually in the possession of the rare books department of the library. Also, not all MS have had facsimiles made of them, so it could be tough to find these. For a Latin class I looked at a volume from the series "Codices graeci et latini photographice depicti," so I'm guessing what you want would be in that series (seemingly produced around 1900, although I see there have been some reprints decades later).

A search on http://www.worldcat.org shows some results:

Codex Laurentianus Mediceus 68 - there seem to be photocopies in various university libraries.

Is "Palimpsest Codex no. 36" the full shelf mark for this MS? I'm turning up a variety of results...

Not sure if Manuscript G has been reproduced (assuming you want "Manuscript G (BnF fr. 19152)").

Can't find reference to "Bibliotheca Nazionale II, F.31," but I'm not very good at this...
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Re: Facsimiles of Greek manuscripts

Postby Auberon » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:28 pm

thesaurus, thanks. You've given me a good resource for my search.
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