Welcome! This is a dynamic visualization of the manuscript tradition of Agathemerus' Sketch of Geography. Through this page, a transcription of the text of the available manuscripts of Agathemerus can be visualized and aligned with iAligner.
The visualization can be performed in two ways, by selecting one of the drop down menus:
- Select Manuscripts: you can select amongst the available transcriptions and perform the alignment with the desired witnesses.
- Visualize Aligned Groups: performs the alignment between pre-chosen texts, on the basis of the textual tradition of Agathemerus.
In either way, the interface will show the alignment displayed according to the editorial division into chapters and sections.
Note: ancient or early Humanistic manuscripts are indicated with a letter, as usual. Manuscript editions by well-known Humanists are indicated with their name, e.g. Vossius indicates the manuscript edition of Agathemerus by the hand of Isaac Vossius, found in the Vossianus Gr. In-Octavo 7. In order to distinguish manuscript from print editions, the latter are indicated with the conventional filename, e.g. müller refers to the Greek text of K. Müller, in Geographi Graeci Minores, Vol. II (Paris: Didot 1861). The only exception to this rule is wendelin which refers to a manuscript edition, but has a more significant relation with the print tradition.
Fragmentary manuscripts do not have, at present, a siglum, and therefore are indicated with a conventional filename referring to their shelfmark.
Transcriptions available in this visualization:
Ancient and Humanistic manuscripts:
- B: Vatopedinus Graecus 655, 14th century
- C: Cantabrigensis Gg. II 33, a. 1545
- c1: Parisinus Graecus 2554, 16th c. (pt. 1)
- c2: Parisinus Graecus 2554, 16th c. (pt. 2)
- c3: Parisinus Graecus 1405, 16th c.
- c5: Vaticanus Graecus 1415, 16th c.
- c7: Ambrosianus C 263 inf. (903), 16th c.
- c8: Parisinus Graecus 1406, 16th c.
- c9: Palatinus Graecus 62, 16th c.
- c13: British Library Old Royal 16 c.IV, 16th c.
- c12: Parisinus Graecus 2857, 16th c.
- Vossius: Leiden Vossianus In-octavo 7, 17th c.
- Holstenius: Carte Allacci XCVII 4, 17th c.
- Bullialdus: Parisinus Suppl. Gr. 292, 17th c.
- Miller: Parisinus Suppl. Gr. 1344, 19th c.
- wendelin: Göttingen Universitätsbibliothek, Philol. Hds. 75, 17th c. ex.
- tennulius: Samuel Ten Nuyl, Agathemeris Orthonis filii compendiariae geographiae expositionum libri duo. Cura et interpretation Samuelis Tennulii Amstelodami 1671
- gronovius: Jacob Gronow, Geographica Antiqua, Lugduni Batavorum 1697
- hudson: John Hudson, Geographiae Veteris Scriptores Graeci minores, cum interpretatione Latina, Dissertationibus, ac Annotationibus. Volumen Secundum, Oxoniae, E Theatro Sheldoniano 1703
- hoffmann: Samuel Friedrich Hoffmann, Agathemeri hypotyposes geographiae, Leipzig 1842
- mueller: Karl Müller, Geographi Graeci Minores - e codicibus recognovit prolegomnis annotatione indicibus instruxit tabulis aeri incisis illustravit Carolus Müllerus. Volumen Secundum, Paris, Firmin Didot, 1861
- diller: Aubrey Diller, Agathemerus' Sketch of Geography. "Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies", 16.1, 1975
- monacensis287: Monacensis Graecus 287, 14th c. ex.
- parisinus1739: Parisinus Graecus 1739, 15th c.
- monacensis490: Monacensis Graecus 490, 15th c. ex.
- parisinus2847: Parisinus Graecus 2847, 16th c.
- excerpta J: fragments of Agathemerus as preserved in John of Damascus, "De Fide Orthodoxa".
The groups of aligned manuscripts have been selected on the basis of Chiara's doctoral dissertation, Agathemerus' Sketch of Geography: from Manuscript to Digital. Detailed informations about their history and relations will also be provided for free consultation in the documentation of the Digital Agathemerus Repository.
- Group 1 investigates the relations between the ancient tradition of Agathemerus and the early apographs, copied in the house of Francesco D'Asola in Venice after 1545.
- Group 2 provides an alignment between the various D'Asola manuscripts and c7, a witness of second generation belonging to the same family.
- Group 3 investigates the relations between the ancient tradition and another group of early apographs, belonged to the library of the Ambassador Diego Hurtado the Mendoza in the second half of the 16th century.
- Group 4 aligns the second generation of copies from the Mendoza manuscripts.
- Group 5 provides the alignment between an early manuscript edition, written by Isaac Vossius, and its probable antigraphs.
- Group 6, Group 7 and Group 8 align other early manuscript editions and their probable antigraphs. They are the edition of Lucas Holstenius, Ismael Bullialdus and Emmanuel Miller respectively.
- Group 9 provides a quick alignment of the early print tradition, from the first edition conceived for print (wendelin) to the last authoritative edition, Aubrey Diller's Agathemerus' Sketch of Geography.
- Group 10 investigates the relations between the oldest ms. of Agathemerus (B) and the indirect tradition.
Notes on the transcription:
The transcription that we used here is diplomatic, but we have pre-processed the text in order to delete the punctuation and non-essential decorations, to ensure minimum noise in the performance of the alignment. However, you can always perform your own version of the alignment, by taking into account punctuation, using the complete diplomatic transcription that will be soon available at the Digital Agathemerus Repository.
The transcription of the excerpta J is the only document that preserves a somehow artificial text. It does not derive directly from a manuscript, but it is a slightly modified version of the text of John Damascene, as printed in the critical edition by Bonifaz Kotter (Berlin 1973). The reason for this is that the tradition of these excerpts is uniform in the related manuscripts.
Chiara Palladino: Transcription, Encoding and study on the manuscripts.
Tariq Yousef: Development of the interface.