Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume VIII (1888-1891)
Van Cleef, F. L.
The pseudo-Gregorian drama Christus Patiens in its relation to the text of Euripides, pp. 363-378 PDF (5.7 MB)
M~~ RI -11.1.1,1-l,.)---......~~ it';~~~~~~~~~~7 378 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and, Letters., Brambs reject 6d from the text but wrongly. We have simply caugt it him napping here and have an insight into his method of work. 1570 = B. 45 v [Ear. -s] Osoqarxsz r' manro6 de ztovY3v r' cito [Eur. xarr due xai 6zrovdco cdio.] Here OeoauaXs was left in C., M., V. and the other resolved foot removed. It may be that this is to be explained by synizesis, as in A., B. it appears written Ovyaxaz. 2219 = B. 668 Oa;co d' odxotdaz, zo6respa dozt zap'j7diq. This is the reading of all the MSS. except A. (tor8p' c5S 7tr "p.) and V. (i7tcrrpOV - zt7ra ".), which are evidently attempts to remove the objectionable foot. 1048 = B. 1244. This has been discussed on p. 374. It seems most pro- bable that he found in his Euripides jdyeos0.X We have then shown how the author of the Xp. I1., when off his guard, followed his MS. of the Bacchae so closely, that he has introduced re- solved feet in several instances, and also that the writer al- lowed himself the liberty to change a line to remove the objectionable tribrach. The conclusion mast be drawn, that for Euripidean lines con- taining resolved feet the Xp. 11. offers in all but a very few instances testimony of a very insignificant value. We have also demonstrated how slavishly in several iistances he has followed his model to the sacrifice of grammatical and orthographical accuracy in his own composition. We feel, therefore, justified in affirming, that, inasmuch as in 48 cases he has preserved readings vastly inferior to those of our own MSS., cases in which a change is scarcely to be justified, the writer of the Xp. IT. made use of a MS. of the, Bacchae that contained a very corrupted text of that play. I cannot in view of facts here brought together agree with Doering that the citations from the Bacchae in the Xp. 11. have a high value for the text criticism of that play. Nor can I give assent to his statement, that the Euripidean MS. used by this writer should be placed for its ex- cellence midway between the two classes of the Euripidean MSS. dis- tinguished by Kirchhoff. The result of the present investigation has been to assign to a class much inferior to the existing MSS., which belong to Kirchhoff's second class, the MS. of the Bacchae that the author of the Xp. 11. has used. Probably a careful investigation of the subject through the other plays of Euripides plundered by this ignorant writer would re- veal the same state of affairs there also.
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