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First Beginnings: Teseo Ambrogio And The Maronite Delegation To The Fifth Lateran Council

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This chapter discusses the work of Teseo Ambrogio on the Syriac New Testament and the Maronite delegation to the Fifth Lateran Council. Teseo Ambrogio names the Maronite delegates as "Joseph a priest, Moses a monk and deacon, and Elias a sub-deacon". The first two Syriac manuscripts to enter the Vatican Library came from Elias's hand. The chapter reviews all of Elias's manuscripts in chronological order. Teseo's experience was transmitted to Postel and thence to all subsequent printers who thus benefited from this first heroic attempt. Teseo was the first European to learn Syriac and produce an account of its language and script. He managed remarkably to contrive to print Syriac with moveable type, and shared his expertise with Postel who after his death made efforts to recover the type of Widmanstetter's editio princeps of the Syriac New Testament of 1555.

Keywords: Elias's manuscripts; Fifth Lateran Council; Maronite delegation; Syriac New Testament; Teseo Ambrogio; Widmanstetter



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