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Title: Il Liber Graecus dell'Archivio di Stato di Venezia e la diplomazia veneziano-ottomana in lingua greca tra XV e XVI secolo
Author(s): CALIA, Anna
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 82    Date: 2012   
Pages: 17-55
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.82.0.2174083

Abstract :
The present article offers a description and an analysis of the Liber Graecus, a manuscript register from Venice State Archive containing copies and translations of the documents sent from the Ottoman sultans to Venice between 1479 and 1504. Almost all the documents are in Greek, which until Bayazid II’s reign was the language used by the Ottomans in diplomatic communications with Western powers. Thanks to Liber Graecus not only we have a detailed account of Venetian-Ottoman relationships at the turn of the 16th century, but also we learn more about the activity of the Venetian chancery and the role played by Greek scribes working there.

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