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Scholarly Stresses And Strains: The Difficult Dealings Of Bonaventura Vulcanius And Henricus Stephanus Over Their Edition Of Arrian’s De Expeditione Alexandri Magni Historiarum Libri VIII

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The Greek historiographer Lucius Flavius Arrianus of Nicomedia in Bithynia represented himself in his literary work as a new Xenophon and was celebrated as such throughout Antiquity. Originally, Vulcanius had no plans at all to occupy himself with Arrian. His main interest, at least since 1568, was in the study and the editing of the Greek Fathers of the Church, and especially St Cyril of Alexandria. He had to interrupt this project, because the French printer Henricus Stephanus, during a visit to Cologne in December 1574, persisted in urging him to undertake a new edition of Arrian and even supplied him with a new manuscript. Stephanus finally succeeded in persuading Vulcanius by holding out the prospect of a small work which would bring him both high praise and substantial financial recompense, and, further, by promising him that he would take charge of the printing of his edition of St Cyril.

Keywords: Alexandria; Arrian; Greek; Henricus Stephanus; Vulcanius



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