PIA CAROLLA (September-December 2012)
Research Project – The Excerpta de legationibus Romanorum
The Excerpta de legationibus Romanorum (ELR) make up a section about Roman ambassadors in a huge historical anthology, the so-called Excerpta Historica Constantiniana, which the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus had assembled by anonymous scholars around the half of 10th century.
A large selection from 16 Greek historians is attested in ELR: Polybius, Diodorus, Dionysius Halicarnassensis, Josephus Flavius, Arrianus, Appianus, Cassius Dio, Priscus, Malchus, Zosimus, Petrus Patricius, Procopius, Menander Protector, Johannes Antiochenus, Theophylactus Simocatta, Georgius Monachus. They span eleven centuries (II b.C-IX A.D) and assemble 162 Greek extracts about embassies from Rome/Constantinople to the “others”/barbarians.
Pia Carolla is preparing the critical edition of the ELR, replacing the 1903 edition of Carl de Boor. Among the advantages, there are:
a) the discovery of a new manuscript central to the ELR tradition
b) an in-depth study of the codicological features (notably the watermarks) and the palaeography of Andreas Darmarios and some collaborators
c) the investigation of the possible stemmata for different blocks of quires.
Pia Carolla is in charge of a research project at the Vatican Library about Andreas Darmarios and his collaborators, one of the richest and most complex groups of scribes from the late 16th century.
GEORG STENBORG (Fall-Spring 2008/09)
Research Project – De qualitate caelestis patriae libri tres, ex sanctorum patrum opusculis excerpti
Continuing his doctoral work on an edition of the ninth century escatological florilegium De qualitate caelestis patriae libri tres, ex sanctorum patrum opusculis excerpti compiled by Emmo, Georg Stenborg is working on testing editorial models on the text as he prepares it for publication in Corpus Christianorum (Brépols).
ALESSANDRA BUCOSSI (Fall-Spring 2008/09, 2009/10)
Research Project – The Sacred Arsenal by Andronikos Kamateros
Andronikos Kamateros’ Sacred Arsenal is one of the most important and voluminous remaining Byzantine inedita from the 12th century. Written for Emperor Manuel Komnenos, it is a ‘stockpile’ of theological texts to be used in combating the enemies of Orthodoxy. Alessandra Bucossi is now a member of the core group of Ars edendi, see details about her project here.
MARK KAUNTZE (March-June 2010)
Mark Kauntze obtained an MA in History from the University of Cambridge in 2003 and a doctorate in Historical Studies from the University of Bristol in 2008 for a dissertation on the twelfth-century Cosmographia of Bernardus Silvestris. In the autumn of 2010 he is moving to the United States to take up a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Medieval Latin at Northwestern University.
He is working on a critical edition of the second part of Roger Bacon’s thirteenth-century Opus maius, following the example of other scholars who have produced new editions of individual books of the treatise to replace the relevant sections of the 1900 edition by J. H. Bridges. The second part of the Opus maius contains an extensive discussion of history of philosophy, and it is hoped that this edition will provide a platform for a wider study of medieval conceptions of the history of philosophy.
“Seeing through a glass, darkly: the interpretation of a biblical verse in Augustine of Hippo”, in The Book of the Mirror: An Interdisciplinary Collection Exploring the Cultural Story of the Mirror, ed. Miranda Anderson (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2007), 60-69
“The creation grove in the Cosmographia of Bernard Silvestris”, Medium Aevum 78 (2009), 16-34
Review of Jan M. Ziolkowski, Solomon and Marcolf (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008), in Modern Languages Review 105 (2010), 193-94
Review of Pope Celestine III (1191-1198): Diplomat and Pastor, ed. John Doran and Damian J. Smith (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2008), in English Historical Review (forthcoming)