Per la tradizione di Temistio nei secoli XV-XVII. I codici recentiores delle orationes Augustales
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SUMMARY: Twelve later manuscripts (recentiores) of six speeches of Themistius (orationes II,
IV, V, VII, IX, X) derive from a lost common ancestor (omega). Description and collation of
the MSS are provided and a stemma codicum is given. The lost ancestor omega is identified
with a composite MS, probably written in the 14th century, formerly in the library of the Escorial,
where it was destroyed by fire in 1671; a previous owner was Diego Hurtado de Mendoza,
ambassador of Charles V in Venice (1539-1546). Janus Lascaris saw omega in Corfu in
1491, when it was in possession of Dimitrios Trivolis, a well known Greek copyist. Lascaris
described it in his notebook Vat. Gr. 1412 and had Themistius copied. This copy, Par. Gr.
2079 (late 15th century), the oldest of the twelve recentiores, was not only owned by Janus
Lascaris, but shows several marginal notes in his hand. A MS of the same family lies behind
the editio princeps, printed by Henricus Stephanus (1562). In 1605 Georgius Remus, a jurist,
prepared the first Latin translation of the six speeches and called them orationes Augustales.