262 REVIEW OF BOOKS Alden A. MOSSHAMMER (ed.), Georgii Syncelli Ecloga Chronographica. (Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana), BSB B. G. Teubner Verlagsgesellschaft, Leipzig 1984, xxxvii und 507 S., Leinen DM 150,-. The Chronicle of George Syncellus, which contains fragments of Jubilees and 1 Enoch and references to Philo, Josephus, Thallus and Justus of Tiberias, was edited for the last time in 1829 by W. DINDORF from two manuscripts. DINDORF was a productive editor of Greek texts, classical as well as patristic and Byzantine, but his work sometimes suffers from hur- riedness and inaccuracies. This applies also to his Syncellus edition. As, moreover, several new manuscripts turned up afterwards (or indeed were known in DINDORF'S times, but left unused by him), the time was ripe for a new edition. The present text, edited by A. A. MOSSHAMMER, is based on twelve manuscripts and takes into account also the indirect transmission of parts of the text in three later, still inedited Chronicles. The new manuscript evidence, however, is not as important as might seem at first sight, for four manuscripts are dependent upon another, still extant manuscript (MOSSHAMMER has retained their readings for the sake of codicological in- terests,
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