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Hesiod in the Byzantine and Early Renaissance Periods

Niccolò Zorzi

in The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod

Published in print September 2018 | ISBN: 9780190209032
Published online August 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190209056 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190209032.013.50

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Hesiod in the Byzantine and Early Renaissance Periods

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The reception of Hesiod in the Byzantine age (fourth–fifteenth centuries ce) may be reconstructed on the basis of a range of different sources: the many codices transmitting the poet’s major works (the Theogony, Works and Days, and Shield of Herakles); commentaries from late antiquity (Proclus, fifth century), the middle Byzantine period (twelfth century) and the Palaeologan age (thirteenth–fourteenth centuries); and the presence of quotes and allusions in literary texts. The reception of Hesiod in the early Renaissance (fifteenth century) is illustrated by manuscripts, print editions, Latin translations, school and university teaching programs, and the influence of the poems on iconography. This chapter brings together most of the essential data and suggests some possible research perspectives that have yet to be systematically pursued.

Keywords: Byzantine reception; Byzantine manuscript tradition; scholia; commentaries; Byzantine humanists; print editions

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Subjects: Classical Poetry ; Classical Reception

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