Monday, July 25, 2011

New Blog: "Paleografia Greca"

A new blog has seen the light a few days ago, Paleografia Greca, with an impressive number of posts up already.

The blog is devoted to Greek palaeography, or more general, to the history of Greek literature from its origin to our days (with a focus on the Byzantine era).

Just like ETC, Paleografia Greca is a group blog, and the contributors so far are:

Daniele Arnesano (blogmaster)
Pia Carolla
Christian Förstel
Pasquale Orsini
Stefano Parenti
Inmaculada Pérez Martín
Filippo Ronconi
Elisabetta Sciarra

This blog will be of great interest for our readers (it links here, by the way), as can be assumed from the very blog header displaying an evangelist portrait (Gospel of Luke) – but I wonder which MS it is from.

Update: Daniele Arnesano tells me the portrait of Luke is taken from Wien, ONB, Theol. gr. 302, f. 17v.


  1. TW:
    "I wonder which MS it is from."

    The question they would probably like us to be answering is, "I wonder what century that inscriptio is from."

  2. TW:
    "Daniele Arnesano tells me the portrait of Luke is taken from Wien, ONB, Theol. gr. 302, f. 17v."

    The other answer, then, is "the 11th century."

    And to answer the first question more generally, it is GA-424, which is of great interest to textual critics, being a Byzantine manuscript which has been laboriously corrected in the epistles to family 1739.

  3. Okay, here's where it gets interesting: 424 doesn't contain the gospels. So where is this portrait of Luke--at the beginning of Acts? I'm going to say "yes," because what Luke is writing on the scroll are the opening words of Acts (his pen is just finishing up the word QEOFILE).

    I'm wondering how common this is. Did, perhaps, the scribe begin to write the inscriptio as at the beginning of Luke's gospel, and then have to go back and erase it when he remembered that this ms didn't contain Luke, but Acts?