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Introduction to the critical edition

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The textual tradition of the Parva naturalia has been the subject of several investigations throughout the 20th century. This chapter argues that earlier scholarship had left out important issues and valuable material, even regarding some of the well-known manuscripts, and reviews all the relevant material. It talks about(1) the modern critical editions; (2) the manuscripts written between the 10th and the 14th centuries; (3) the medieval Latin translations; (4) the commentary by Michael of Ephesos, the paraphrases by Sophonias and Gennadios Scholarios, the hitherto unpublished paraphrase by Theodoros Metochites and the, also unpublished, paraphrase with accompanying comments by Georgios Pachymeres. Four different critical editions of the De memoria were produced during the 20th century. The Latin translations are the translatio vetus (12th century) and the translatio nova (13th century).

Keywords: De memoria; Georgios Pachymeres; Latin translations; medieval Latin translations; Michael of Ephesos; Sophonias; translatio vetus



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