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Beinecke MS 269 Salamanca, 1580
Life of Oppian, etc. (in Greek)
1. f. 1r-v blank; ff. 2r-2v [Greek].
Life of Oppian; A. Westermann, ed., [Greek] (Brunswick, 1845)
2. ff. 2v-4v The life is followed immediately by the perioche (U. Bussemaker,
Scholia et Paraphrases in Nicandrum et Oppianum [Paris, 1849]
p. 260), which is the same as the summary of the poem preceding the list of
fish in Beinecke MS 255. From the bottom of f. 3r to the top of 3v is a list
of military formations, with the number of men in each. Finally, the last line
of f. 3v begins a discussion of heroic verse that ends with the explicit on
f. 4v: [Greek]. f. 5r-v blank
3. ff. 6r-118r
[Greek]. ff. 118v-119v blank
Scholia on Oppian, Halieutica, attributed to Tzetzes;
Bussemaker, op. cit., pp. 260-369. The text of the scholia in this
manuscript often diverges significantly from that of Bussemaker.
4. ff. 120r-176r [Greek]
[corrected to [Greek]] [Greek].
[Greek] ff. 176v-177v blank
Paraphrasis of Oppian, Cynegetica, attributed to Tzetzes; O.
Tueselmann, "Die Paraphrase des Euteknios zu Oppians Kynegetica,"
Abhandlungen der koeniglichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Goettingen,
philologisch-historische Klasse, N. F. 4 (1900) pp. 1-43. The text is
followed by a lengthy colophon in which the scribe attributes the work to
Tzetzes. This attribution has been questioned by R. Browning, "The so-called
Tzetzes Scholia on Philostratus and Andreas Darmarios," Classical
Quarterly, N. S. 5 (1955) pp. 195-200.
Paper (watermarks similar to Briquet Croix latine 5683 and Main 11292),
ff. i (contemporary paper, f. 1) + 176 (ff. 2-177) + ii (contemporary
paper), 289 x 201 (215 x
103) mm. Written in 20 long lines with no visible guide-lines, bounding
lines or prickings.
The collation of the manuscript is peculiar, since certain gatherings were
inserted within other gatherings that had previously been foliated in Arabic
numerals (upper right corner). I^^4, II^^8 (with III^^12 and IV^^8 [-8] bound in
between ff. 11 and 31), V^^12, VI^^8 (-8; + 1 leaf added, f. 52), VII-X^^10,
XII^^4 (-4), XIII^^10, XIV^^2, XV^^12, XVI^^10, XVII^^12, XVIII^^8, XIX^^12, XX^^4.
Catchwords along lower right edge of folio, on verso; quire signatures, letters
of the alphabet, are in the center along the lower edge, on recto. A later
hand, sometime before the manuscript was bound as it is now, marked the quires
with Arabic numerals (lower right corner, recto) which do not reflect precisely
the current arrangement of quires.
Written by Andreas Darmarius in Salamanca and dated 17 November 1580 (for
colophon, see art. 3).
Headings and simple initials in red. A few diagrams to illustrate text,
mainly geometrical figures showing the elements of the cosmos (ff. 31r-32v),
but also one stemmatic diagram illustrating the divisions of fishing
Binding: s. xix [?]. Limp vellum case; remains of tawed skin ties.
Lettering in ink on spine.
Written in Salamanca in 1580 by Andreas Darmarius (colophon, art. 3;
see Vogel and Gardthausen, pp. 16-27, with Beinecke MS 269 listed on p. 21;
Canart, pp. 60-61;
Karpozilos, pp. 67-71 and no. 3; de Meyier, p. 264, no. 2). Belonged to the
Library of the Santa Iglesia del Pilar, Saragossa, Spain (Graux and Martin,
pp. 221-22, no. 2027; Olivier, pp. 52-57). Purchased from C. A. Stonehill with
funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957 (MS 42).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 48, no. 269.
Ziskind Catalogue, p. 42.
Barbara A. Shailor