The Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Romans

Marcon, Jacopo ORCID: 0000-0001-7439-8291 (2023). The Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Romans. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The present research offers a comprehensive evaluation of the manuscript tradition of the Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Romans, the earliest catena on the Pauline Epistles. Building on previous studies in the field (Staab, 1926 and 1933, and Panella, 2018), this work examines the eighty-five manuscripts of the Pseudo-Oecumenian tradition on Romans to reconstruct the stages leading to the formation of the so-called Erweiterter Typus or Expanded Type (consisting of numbered scholia, the Corpus Extravagantium and the Scholia Photiana). Eight manuscripts have been selected as representatives of the four phases of the textual tradition and transcribed in full in an electronic edition (available at By examining the distribution of the scholia among these sampled witnesses, the thesis shows that GA 1980 does not transmit the Urkatena for Romans due to the presence of some scholia attributed to Oecumenius. However, it remains the manuscript closest to this form, solely comprising the first stage of numbered extracts, and is followed by GA 627, 1919, 1997, and manuscripts of the Erweiterter Typus (GA 1923, 1905 and 91). The analysis of the manuscript tradition has also re-classified a category of manuscript, which preserves a secondary abbreviated version of the catena of the Normaltypus, here called the Abridged Version. Furthermore, the comparison between the Extravagantes (the anonymous or attributed extracts from the Greek Church Fathers) of the catenae with the direct tradition of these writings (when available) illustrates how the original source has been adjusted to the new context by the catenist. In addition, it shows that GA 627 and 1915 share readings with the direct tradition against the rest of the Pseudo- Oecumenian manuscripts. Finally, the thesis offers a comparison with the other types of Pauline catenae (Typus Vaticanus, Monacensis, Vindobonensis, and Athos, Μ.

Παντοκράτορος, 28) for the first time, to establish a genealogical relationship between them. The surprising result is that both GA 1915 and 1900 correspond to the earliest stage of the Pseudo-Oecumenian tradition in sharing the same readings as GA 1980 for the numbered scholia and the extracts from Oecumenius. A sample of a stemma codicum of the catena tradition on Paul is offered in the conclusion.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: European Research Council
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography


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