A Byzantine encyclopaedia of horse medicine: the sources, by Anne McCabe

By Anne McCabe

How have been Greek texts at the care and scientific remedy of the pony transmitted from antiquity to the current day? utilizing the facts of Byzantine manuscripts of the veterinary compilation often called the Hippiatrica, Anne McCabe lines the adventure of the texts from the stables to the medieval scriptorium and finally to the broadcast variation. Surviving manuscripts contain either very good presentation copies and simple ones meant to be used within the box. The Hippiatrica is a wealthy and little-known resource of data approximately horses, medication, and magic. This booklet offers a advisor to its complicated heritage in addition to a bunch of interesting info, and contains colour illustrations of a few manuscript pages.

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Frantz, ‘Byzantine Illuminated Ornament: A Study in Chronology’, Art Bulletin, 16 (1934), 74–5. 30 K. Weitzmann, Die byzantinische Buchmalerei des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts (Berlin, 1935), 16–18 and plates xix–xxi. 31 Similar letter-forms appear in the headings of Lond. Add. ), and the inscription on the ivory staurothe`que of Nicephorus Phocas in the monastery of St Francis at Cortona. 33 The table of contents, and a recipe at the end of the manuscript, are in purple-red ink, in a script resembling Coptic uncial (Pl.

8 Vaticanus gr. 1414, fo. 99r. The list is entitled ‘lista de libri che furon del Sr. Lascheri’; the MS is described as ‘ƒððØÆôæØŒeí KŒ äØÆöüæøí. 5’; P. de Nolhac, ‘Inventaire des manuscrits grecs de Jean Lascaris’, Me´langes d’arche´ologie et d’histoire, 6 (1886), 255. Among Lascaris’ autograph notes in Vat. gr. ). One of the entries presumably refers to M; but there are only two other parchment manuscripts of the Hippiatrica, namely B and C, neither of which has any clear connection to Lascaris.

The saint gave him holy water to sprinkle over the stable and the horses, as well as an amulet (åPºïªßÆ) to hang up in the stable— and no more horses died. Callinicos, Vie d’Hypatios, ed. G. J. M. Bartelink (Paris, 1971), 38. 1 These manuscripts range in date from the tenth century to the sixteenth; they represent a variety of levels of production, and contain Wve principal recensions of the compilation. The practical nature of the Hippiatrica may have contributed to the preservation of the text, but also contributed to its mutation in transmission: as is the case with other technical literature, the compilation was added to, subtracted from, adapted, and rearranged in accordance with the tastes and needs of its editors and users, with the result that nearly every one of the early manuscripts contains a substantially diVerent version of the text.

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