Filologi bizantini di epoca Comnena
In his Textkritik (1927) Maas uttered a strongly severe assessment of the philological activity in Byzantium in the IXth-XVth centuries: a ‘real’ science of the classical Greek literature beside the mere work of transcription and collection of previous works did not exist at all. This systematic depreciation of Byzantine philology was appreciated by Pasquali, who translated and inserted it in his Storia della tradizione e critica del testo (1953, at a time when the same Maas was likely to have changed his mind), and it kept on influencing generations of scholars. For example, Bruce Braswell, in some recent articles, has denied that philologists like Isaac Tzetzes and Eustathius of Thessalonica could understand the ‘responsive’ metrical structure, dyadic and triadic, of the Pindaric odes they read and commented on. On the contrary, a careful re-examination of the exegetic works of these two philologists shows beyond any doubt that both were able to understand the metrical responsio in Pindar’ strophic structure.
Polymnia. Studi di Filologia Classica 5
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