In the Name of the Rose: Searching for Unknown, Lost, and Forgotten Greek Manuscripts and Texts

Burri, Renate (30 September 2021). In the Name of the Rose: Searching for Unknown, Lost, and Forgotten Greek Manuscripts and Texts (Unpublished). In: International Workshop “In the Name of the Rose: Searching for Unknown, Lost, and Forgotten Ancient Texts". Istituto Svizzero di Roma. 30.09.-01.10.2021.

This paper presents first results of a search operation for unknown, lost, and forgotten Greek manuscripts and texts in the holdings of one of the largest repositories of Greek and Byzantine manuscripts worldwide, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. This search, conducted within the frame of a short-term project supported by the programme Spark of the Swiss National Science Foundation, focused on manuscripts which have not been described in printed catalogues so far and for the better part still are barely known and/or studied. My examination concentrated on a series of manuscripts of the Vaticani graeci collection which contain predominantly theological texts and have been identified as particularly promising objects of investigation.
The quantity and relevance of the output of this research project was not predictable. The best-case scenario, i.e. the discovery of an unknown or the rediscovery of an allegedly lost text or manuscript, did not happen yet. Still, the harvest was far more bountiful than expected as many small but exciting findings demonstrate. They range from a metaphrasis of poems by Gregory of Nazianzus over a medical treatise on a skin disease to a short text on why Sunday is called Sunday, to name but a few examples which will be discussed in this presentation.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)

UniBE Contributor:

Burri, Renate Marianne

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 090 Manuscripts & rare books
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
400 Language > 480 Classical & modern Greek languages
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 880 Classical & modern Greek literatures
900 History
900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
900 History > 940 History of Europe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Renate Marianne Burri

Date Deposited:

20 Apr 2022 15:43

Last Modified:

20 Apr 2022 15:43

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/168158

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