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On the Euclides Latinus in MS Verona, Biblioteca Capitolare XL (38), as a Witness to the Greek Text of the Elements

Journal article
Authors Erik Bohlin
Published in Classical Quarterly
Volume 66
Issue 2
Pages 724-741
ISSN 0009-8388
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 724-741
Language en
Subject categories Classical Greek language, Latin language, Classical philology


In his paper ‘The wrong text of Euclid: on Heiberg's text and its alternatives', published in 1996, W.R. Knorr resuscitated the debate which had taken place in the 1880s between the orientalist M. Klamroth and the editor of Euclid's Elements, J.L. Heiberg. In nuce the debate concerned the fundamental question of which manuscript tradition of the Elements should be assigned textual anteriority: the Greek tradition or the Arabic tradition. Whereas Klamroth argued for the latter position, Heiberg, whose view became the prevailing one, endorsed the anteriority of the Greek tradition.

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