Brill’s New Pauly

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Manuscripts
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A. Definition

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1. Term

The handwritten book is the source of our knowledge of almost all ancient literature. The very few exceptions to this rule are provided by inscriptions, i.e. the Res Gestae Divi Augusti ( Augustus) on a temple wall in Ankara, or the philosophical manifesto of Diogenes [18] of Oenoanda [14. 199-202]. A distinction is usually made, though not entirely correctly, between those books written in the ancient world, generically but not quite accurately known as papyri ( papyrus), and those pr…

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Heyworth, Stephen (Oxford) and Wilson, Nigel (Oxford), “Manuscripts”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e502720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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