The codex Vaticanus Ottobonianus Graecus 210 (given the siglum or short-hand letter designation Ba by A. Turyn, the first scholar to examine it), was long ignored in the constitution of the Greek text of the Aeschylean tragedies Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes which it exhibits, because Turyn stated that the book had been damaged, and that "some portions [have been] lost and replaced by other hands". M.L. West in the last major edition of Aeschylus recognized that the codex contains valuable textual readings, which he adopted. West nowhere, however, addresses the question of Turyn's "supplements". A codicological examination of Ba in the Vatican Library by the presenter has revealed that the codex was not damaged and supplemented at all, but was put together of a piece by no fewer than six contemporary hands that collaborated in the copying. This unusual procedure (generally no more than two hands share in a work, nor do they take turns, as is the case here) accounts for the consistency of the readings, which appear all to have come from one source or exemplar, which can thereby be reconstructed and related to other manuscript witnesses.
|Keywords:||Aeschylus (Author), Manuscripts, Tragedies|
Professor, Classics, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, USA
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