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The Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria (10th c. AD) – chapter 2 – part 2

22 Septembre, 2018 - 21:41

Continuing our translation.  More material summarised from the bible.

3. If someone objects that in the Torah it is written that the sons of Abraham – in another text: the sons of Israel – were slaves for four hundred years (11) and then asks why we say instead that they were slaves for two hundred and seventeen years, we answer:...

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A new translation of Synesius’ Encomium of Calvitius from Anthony Alcock

22 Septembre, 2018 - 21:17

Anthony Alcock has translated Synesius of Cyrene’s Encomium on Calvitius from Greek.  Synesius was a contemporary of Hypatia, and lived in the late 4th century.  The Fitzgerald translation of all the works of Synesius is already online, but evidently Dr. A just fancied a bit of Greek!

Here it is:

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Two inscriptions from the library of Pantainos in the agora at Athens

21 Septembre, 2018 - 21:37

I’d never heard of the library of Pantainos in the marketplace in Athens, until I saw a very nice image on twitter today by Michael Lara:

The stone...

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What on earth is the “Hypomnesticon” of “Josephus Christianus”?

20 Septembre, 2018 - 21:10

While we were looking at the Synopsis Scripturae Sacrae of ps.Athanasius, there was a reference in Zahn’s article to “the strange book of Josephus Christianus”.  This is yet another obscure text, so I thought that I would gather what I...

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Manuscripts of the Suda / Suidas

20 Septembre, 2018 - 12:22

I recently had reason to consult manuscripts of the 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia known as the Suda, and known in the past under the misleading title of “Suidas”.  This I did, but I realised that I did not actually know what the main mss of the Suda might be.  Some 80 manuscripts are listed...

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What the heck is the “Synopsis Scripturae Sacrae” of ps.Athanasius??

18 Septembre, 2018 - 22:14

Enthusiasts for the authenticity of the “Three Heavenly Witnesses” passage in 1 John 5:7 are well aware that no Greek manuscript contains it.  But they point to a work by Athanasius, the Synposis Scripturae Sacrae (“Summary of the Holy Scriptures”) as evidence that it was part of the text in his day.  But what on earth is this work?  And how has...

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The Manuscripts of Photius’ Epitome of the Church History of Philostorgius

12 Septembre, 2018 - 22:02

The Arian Philostorgius wrote his Church History in twelve books.  A copy came into the hands of the patriarch Photius in the 9th century, bound into two volumes, and he reviewed it in his Myriobiblion or Bibliotheca, as codex 40 (online in English here).

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The last oracle of Delphi

11 Septembre, 2018 - 21:44

The oracle of Apollo at Delphi was perhaps the most famous of the Greek oracles.  It was known throughout the Greek and Hellenistic world.  It continued to exist in Roman times, doubtless in a somewhat artificially preserved way.  But Apollo ceased to speak to men as Christianity took hold, just as the other oracles also fell silent.


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1 John 5:7 in the fourth century? Theodore, Diodorus, the Suda, and Byzantine punctuation

10 Septembre, 2018 - 18:54

From 1 John chapter 5 (KJV):

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

8 And there are three that bear...

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My experience of real-time censorship on Twitter

8 Septembre, 2018 - 17:03

I had a very odd experience this week, while I was away in York, and since it seems to be little known, I thought I’d share it with you.  In brief, I encountered real-time interference with the tweeting process while I was on twitter.

Over the last year or so Twitter has taken to interfering with the user by displaying all sorts of unwanted material...

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What sort of idiots write to someone for help and give a non-working email address?

27 Août, 2018 - 15:34

I get a fair bit of correspondence, and I try to help people who ask for help, if it can be done without much loss of time.  Such enquiries can be a useful source of motivation to a man alone in a room with a laptop.

All the same such enquiries can be a distraction, and cost the replier something; a loss of concentration, a loss of time.  One thinks of C...

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The Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria (10th c. AD) – chapter 2 – part 1

25 Août, 2018 - 22:34

Chapter 2 is another short chapter of material summarised from the bible.

1. After the death of Joseph, his brothers and all those of their generation, the Israelites became numerous and spread to such an extent that Egypt was full of them. Then there reigned over Egypt a king who did not know Joseph, who told his advisers: “The sons of...

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The Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria (10th c. AD) – chapter 3 – part 2 and final

24 Août, 2018 - 17:59

Eutychius continues summarising the Book of Judges.  Today… Gideon, Samson etc.  This material is of no special interest, except as showing what seemed interesting to include to the author. 

3. Gid‘ūn, son of Yuwās, of the tribe of Manasseh came out against them, and took ten of his servants with him in the night, and destroyed the temple...

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The Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria (10th c. AD) – chapter 3 – part 1

23 Août, 2018 - 22:14

As we’re translating backwards, we now find ourselves at the start of chapter 3.  This is material from the biblical book of Judges.

1. Later the sons of Israel began to visit the surrounding nations, marrying and giving in marriage their daughters and worshiping the idols, i.e. Ba‘alīm (1), ‘Ashtārūt and Bā‘il.  The sons of Israel were...

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Important items that are not online – Souter’s “Glossary of Later Latin”

20 Août, 2018 - 23:40

Long ago, probably in the 1990s, I purchased in Heffers in Cambridge a copy of Alexander Souter’s Glossary of Later Latin.  Today I had occasion to dig it out and use it.

The original edition was printed in 1949, with a corrected edition in 1957.  Tiny print was used.  A scan would be very useful to those of us whose eyesight is not what it...

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Life of Aesop, translated by Anthony Alcock

14 Août, 2018 - 16:49

Anthony Alcock has deviated from his usual work in Syriac and Coptic to translate one of the ancient Lives of Aesop.  His full introduction explains which, and based on what manuscripts.  This work belongs to the genre of “sayings” or “wisdom” literature (gnomologia); but I presume might also relate to the genre of Saints’ ...

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The Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria (10th c. AD) – chapter 4

13 Août, 2018 - 16:48

Chapter four is also derived from the Arabic bible.

1.  Then the priest ‘Ālī governed the people for twenty years.  The temple was located in Shīlūm (1).  The priest ‘Ālī had two sons.  The first was called Hufni and the second Finhās.  In his time there lived a prophet of ar-Rāmayyayn (2) named Hilqānā, son of Yārūhām, of the tribe of Levi (3...

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The Annals of Eutychius of Alexandria (10th c. AD) – chapter 5 – part 4 and final

11 Août, 2018 - 19:07

Let’s return to the “Annals” of Sa`id ibn Bitriq, Melkite Patriarch of Alexandria in the 10th century.  I’m reading the Italian translation using Google Translate, and thereby producing an English translation – the only one that exists.  The material in chapter 5 is mainly derived from the Arabic bible, so is of limited historical interest. ...

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The Studios monastery in Constantinople – lots of it still standing

11 Août, 2018 - 14:29

Today I came across a new Twitter feed, @ConstantineCity, publishing additions to, “Cataloging the remnants of Roman Constantinople in Istanbul”.  This is a great idea, which I wonder nobody has had before.

The website...

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Abraham the Syrian – Arabic text now translated by Anthony Alcock

3 Août, 2018 - 11:12

Dr Anthony Alcock kindly sent in this item today:

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