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"A discovered and interesting publication" - D. M. Nichol, occasions larger academic complement "Amazingly wealthy in information...it presents a magisterial evaluation of a box of curiosity to the classicist and the Renaissance pupil in addition to to the professed Byzantinist and should take its position as a vintage advent to the highbrow global of the Greek heart Ages." - Robert Browning, instances Literary complement Classical Greek literature survives to be learn this day mostly as the Byzantines preserved it. The copies they transcribed through hand now belong to libraries in locations as a ways aside as long island and Erevan, Leningrad and Mount Sinai. the upkeep of this sort of corpus of literature in an age which had no printing press required a excessive measure of enthusiasm and ability. during his examine Nigel Wilson has tested not just the severe operations of Byzantine students and the essays they wrote approximately historic authors yet a number of hundred manuscripts copied through a variety of periods of readers. students of Byzantium used to be the 1st critical research of the makes an attempt of informed males to maintain Classical Greek texts and observe to them the tools of scholarship built within the old global.

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