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Title: The Slavonic Tradition of Ignatius' Epistula ad Romanos (CPG 1025.4)
Author(s): SELS, Lara
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 136    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2023   
Pages: 95-125
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.136.1.3291857

Abstract :
The present contribution aims to introduce to Ignatian scholarship the largely ignored Slavonic evidence for the Letter to the Romans (CPG 1025.4) and for the Martyrium (CPG 1036) in which it is embedded. The corpus consists of eighteen manuscripts, dated between the early fourteenth and the seventeenth century, of both South and East Slavonic provenance, testifying to both the pre-Metaphrast (17 MSS) and the Metaphrast (1 MS) rendering of the Martyrium. A sample collation of the preface to the Letter is offered to illustrate (1) the intra-Slavonic textual relationships, (2) the interrelation of the Slavonic and the Greek tradition, and (3) the relation between the Graeco-Slavonic pre-Metaphrast and Metaphrast tradition. It is shown that all Slavonic variant versions ultimately go back on a single translation, made on the basis of a Greek text close to that in codex Taurinensis C.I.10 (Pasini 080, Cosentini 288). The importance for the Greek tradition of the (admittedly late and defective) Torino witness has been stressed by both Diekamp and Bihlmeyer, a.o. on the basis of parallels with the Latin ‘middle recension’, which lends interest to the Slavonic translation as well.

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