Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Agnelli Ravennatis: Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Agnelli Ravennatis: Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis

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Agnelli Ravennatis: Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis. Edited and annotated by Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis. [Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Mediaevalis, 199.] (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers. 2006. Pp. 393. euro175,00.)

Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis has been working on a re-edition of Agnellus' ninth-century history of the bishops of Ravenna for more than fifteen years and has already published a translation of it (Agnellus of Ravenna, The book of pontiffs of the church of Ravenna [Washington, D.C., 2004]); in this new book she gives us the Latin text in the prestigious "Corpus Christianorum" series. The bulk of Agnellus has a fairly straightforward manuscript tradition, based on two manuscripts, one fifteenth century and one sixteenth; only two of the bishops' lives, Severus and Peter Chrysologus (fourthand fifth-century bishops respectively), have a more complex textual tradition. The text was completely edited by Holder-Egger for the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in 1878 (and incompletely edited by Testi-Rasponi for the never-as-satisfactory Rerum Italicarum Scriptures series in 1924); it is not among the early medieval texts that desperately need a new edition. But Deliyannis has produced a greatly improved version of Holder-Egger's text, thanks above all to her careful work on the manuscripts for the lives of Severus and Peter, which has allowed her to second-guess her earliest manuscript in ways that Holder-Egger could not. She amends its grammar and orthography consistently; but we found it very helpful, and anyway, her extremely full textual apparatus (with notes and text citations at the end) makes it easy to tell what she has done. …

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