By E. H. Gombrich
E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling historical past of the area for younger readers tells the tale of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing no longer on small element yet at the sweep of human event, the level of human fulfillment, and the intensity of its frailty. The made of a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the complete span of human historical past. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photo of wars and conquests, grand artworks, and the unfold and boundaries of technological know-how. it is a textual content ruled now not via dates and proof, yet by means of the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a advisor to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
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From χ descends the autographon excerptoris and, through this, c. 1100, Φ. The oriental tradition, he holds, was not totally unknown in the West, where it had an indirect inﬂuence on the formation of the ‘vulgate’. Finally, the ‘vulgate’, according to Knoepﬂer, was disseminated in the Orient through P, after this MS was corrected on the basis of α (recension P4 ). From Byzantium, he proposes, P was brought again to Italy by Guarino Veronese (between c. 125–44) as a starting point and tried to check them in the light of information gleaned from all ten books, after once more collating (from the original or copies) the codices vetustiores (B, P, F, Φ and Vi), the (partial) ancestor of the ‘vulgate’ (V), and the witness of the Suda and of the Anthologia Graeca.
For U, see Martini I 121–2 and Überlieferung 614–15; Donzelli, Codici 112. For Vat. gr. 2186 Laertiana 109–20. Dorandi, Laertiana 106–7 with a reproduction of Donzelli’s stemma. The hypothesis did not convince Niels Christien Dührsen (see Laertiana 106 n. 285). 3) The ‘recentiores’ A group of recent manuscripts (15th and 16th centuries), not all systematically investigated, transmits a recension of the Lives that is extremely contaminated and adulterated. 64 Meanwhile, Düring proposes a classiﬁcation that diﬀers in parts:65 T should be seen as having a close relationship to MSS D, G and S (= d); and Ma (which escaped Martini) should be considered part of the same ﬁrst group (= m).
49 Sometimes he recorded the original reading with εἶχε. P is the most proliﬁc manuscript in this tradition. It is closely related to at least another eight codices, dating from the beginning of the fourteenth century and the ﬁrst decades of the sixteenth (Q, W, Co, H, I, E, Y and Jb). All these manuscripts descend, either directly or indirectly, from P at successive moments, and from time to time they act as proof of the diﬀerent stages of P’s tradition, from the original at least until the corrections of P4.