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Beinecke MS 478 Byzantium, s. XI/XII
Homer, Iliad (fragment, in Greek)
[Title, added later in English:] Homer, Iliad. [Greek] XXIV. v. 493
[text begins abruptly:] //
Homer, Ilias, 24.493-536 (lines 501-02 are nearly illegible);
T. W. Allen, ed., Homeri Ilias (Oxford, 1931) v. 3, pp. 356-58. MS 478 may
be another leaf from the same manuscript as the single folio included in
T. W. Allen's text under the siglum Bm^^1 (British Library, Egerton 267, f. 19)
which contains Book 22.193-236 of the Iliad. The size, format, date, and
style of writing are very similar; both fragments show signs of having been
used in a binding (we thank T. S. Pattie for his assistance in making the
Parchment, one leaf, 205 x 147 (177 x 125) mm. 22 lines of verse, ruled
in hard point, double vertical bounding lines full across, with an extra
horizontal ruling in upper margin. Between rulings for text, 8 mm.;
between vertical bounding lines, 8 mm.
Written by one hand in Greek minuscule, using brown ink; some accent
marks added later in black.
1-line initial in red.
Discoloration, rubbing and punctures across lines 9-11, effacing some
of the text; was once used as a binding reinforcement.
Written in Byzantium in the late 11th or early 12th century; early
provenance unknown. Contents written at top of recto and verso in a
16th-century italic hand: "Homer. Iliad. [Greek] XXIV. v. 493" and "Homer,
Iliad. [Greek]. XXIV. v. 515." Gift of Laurence Witten in 1957.
Barbara A. Shailor