The Textual Transmission of Palamas’ Epistula III to Akindynos: The Case of Monac. gr. 223

Burri, Renate (2017). The Textual Transmission of Palamas’ Epistula III to Akindynos: The Case of Monac. gr. 223. Studia patristica, 96(22), pp. 535-546. Peeters Publishers

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Whereas the longer version of Palamas’ Epistula III to Akindynos, edited in 1962 by John Meyendorff and Panagiotis Chrestou, was handed down to us in five codices, we know of only one manuscript, Monacensis graecus 223, which contains the shorter let-ter version published in 1974 by Juan Sergio Nadal Cañellas. This article examines to what extent the situation of the manuscript transmission and the codicological and palaeographical analysis of the textual witnesses can shed light on the occurrence of two versions of the Palamite letter and on the questions of their authenticity or of which was the original version, focusing on Monac. gr. 223, a manuscript mostly containing texts composed by Akindynos. A closer look at one of the main copyists of Monac. gr. 223 and at his copying activity – his hand has been identified in three other manuscripts – as well as his procedure reveals that we can neither presuppose a direct influence of Akin-dynos himself nor of persons opposed to him on the production of this manuscript (and therefore on the shorter letter version preserved in it). Studies on the manuscript trans-mission of two other Palamite works (Dialogue of an Orthodox and a Barlaamite and Logoi apodeiktikoi) demonstrated that here, too, we deal with two different versions of each or, more precisely, with two different redactions, obviously always authored by Palamas. This seems to corroborate an analogue situation for Epistula III to Akindynos.

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10 Jun 2020 09:48

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