Corpus Parisinum

Author: Denis M. Searby
Year:2007
Pages:1036
ISBN:0-7734-5300-8
978-0-7734-5300-5
Price:499.95
The Corpus Parisinum occupies an important place in the history of medieval Greek florilegia and anthologies, because, as previous scholars such as Elter proved, it was the chief source of the profane or pagan selections in the widely circulated Loci Communes of pseudo-Maximus and related compilations, such as that attributed to Antonius Melissa. Both these latter works have frequently been used by editors of the fragments of lost works, though not always with an understanding of their underlying sources. The Corpus Parisinum includes a collection of Christian texts from the Bible, various Church Fathers and Philo. This edition will be of interest for scholars working on the reception of classical culture, in anthologies and similar forms of indirect textual transmission for a variety of authors, and even for those working more with the history of ideas and ethical traditions.

Reviews

“Classical scholarship in the late 19th century ... concentrated on delineating the main lines of transmission from the Hellenistic to the Byzantine times and on the anthologies of Stobaeus; and it was in this context that the significance of the Corpus Parisinum became apparent and the decision was taken by the insightful Anton Elter (1858-1925) to edit it. But Elter’s project never materialized, and interest in Greek gnomologies waned in the 20th century, ... The revival, however, came with a vengeance in the last thirty years ... the time had come to prepare anew a critical edition of the Corpus Parisinum, and Dr. Searby ... took up the challenge ... It is rare that one has the chance to celebrate the successful completion of a project that was conceived over a century ago ... It is therefore a privilege and joy to be able to welcome the present edition by Dr. Denis Searby of the most extensive gnomology extant in Greek letters, what scholars originally called the Corpus Parisinum.” - Professor Dmitri Gutas, Yale University

“Denis Searby must be congratulated on successfully finishing a work that few will have envied him during the long years when he prepared this edition. Many more will be grateful that his patience did not remit prematurely.” - Professor Jan Olof Rosenqvist, Uppsala University

“... not only an extremely useful scholarly tool but also an important contribution to the study of the Ancient Greek gnomological tradition and thus of the Ancient Greek world that is reflected in it.” - Dr. Peter Stork, Leiden University

"The present edition is the first one to make the complete text available to scholars. The Corpus Parisinum occupies an important place in the history of medieval Greek florilegia and anthologies, because, as previous scholars such as Elter have proved, it was the chief source of the profane or pagan selections ... This edition will be of interest to scholars working on the reception of classical cultures, in anthologies and similar forms of indirect textual transmission for a variety of authors, and even for those working more with the history of ideas and ehtical traditions." -- SwePub

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface
Commendatory Foreword by Dimitri Gutas
Acknowledgements
Part I - Terminology, Sources, Contexts, Principles
1 Terminology
2 Sources
3 The Corpus Parisinum in Context
4 Relationships
5 Principles of the Edition
6 Conclusions and Recommendations
Part II - The Text
Signa et Abbreviationes
CP 1 Florilegium Christianum
CP 2 Oracula
CP 3 Florilegium Profanum
CP 4 Excerpta e Stobaeo
CP 5 Democriti Isocratis Epicteti
CP 4b Series Secunda e Stobeo
CP 6 Gnomolgium Alphabeticum
CP 7 Menandri Sententiae
Part III: Notes and Translation
Introduction to Notes and Translation
CP 1 Christian Florilegium
CP 2 Oracles
CP 3 Profane Florigelium
CP 4 Excerpts from Stobaeus
CP 5 Democritus Isocrates Epictetus
CP 4b Second Series from Stobaeus
CP 6 Alphabetic Gnomology
CP 7 Monastichs of Menander
Appendices
Bibliography
Indices