A conversation with Filippomaria Pontani on the ways that Byzantine scholars engaged with classical texts, and their place in the transmission and study of classical literature from antiquity to the present. In addition to manuscripts, we talk about commentaries, lexika, and encyclopedias.
Filippomaria Pontani is a Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he focuses on Greek and Latin literary texts. Click here to view his university webpage.
The conversation is based on the magisterial survey that Filippomaria published recently, ‘Scholarship in the Byzantine Empire (529-1453),’ in the volume History of Ancient Greek Scholarship from the Beginnings to the End of the Byzantine Age, ed. F. Montanari (Brill 2020).
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Top Image: An image from Harley MS 5694. a codex from the British Library’s Digitalised Manuscript Collection. It shows a comment on Lucian of Samosata attributed to Arethas of Caesarea (c.900). Arethas’ are the earliest direct references to the work of Marcus Aurelius commonly known as “Meditions”.