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Classification And Preliminary Survey Of Manuscripts Containing Abbreviations And/Or Paraphrases Of The Historia Romana (Hr)

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A classification of the entire corpus of manuscripts containing abbreviations and/or paraphrases of the Historia Romana (HR) provides the study on B with a necessary background and it also creates the basis for future research on the other abbreviated and paraphrased versions. This chapter offers the first classification of extant manuscripts containing paraphrases and/or abbreviations of the HR. The various groups of manuscripts show a remarkable range of different approaches to and interests in Roman history: glorification (E-1), stylistic adaptation (P-1), brief synopses, epitomes or catalogues (P-2 and P-3), contamination (P-5), forgery (L-1), monastic reading (L-2), interest in the Punic Wars (L-3), suppression of warfare combined with interest in the barbarian invasions (L-4) as well as the use of Roman history as part of historical compilations (E-131 and E-2/P-6).

Keywords: Historia Romana (HR); manuscripts; Roman history



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