THE DATE OF THE VATI GAN ILLUMINATED HANDY TABLES OF PTOLEMY AND OF ITS EARLY ADDITIONS D. H. WRIGHT/BERKELEY In an important article in this Journal for 1978, loannis Spatharakis sought to date the wriiing of Vatican gr. 1291 to the reign of Theophilus (829-842), instead of Leo V (813-820), s commonly supposed, and he sought to show that the first two miniatures in it are early additions probably of the second half of the ninth Century. l Independently, Otto Neugebauer, in his magisterial History of Ancient Mathematical Astronomy published in 1975, had given much helpful Information about the contents of this manuscript, but he worked from photographs and did not attempt any evaluation of the evidence for the date or early history of the manuscript itself.2 These issues came up for discussion at the Dumbarton Oaks Symposium on Byzantine Art and Literature around the Year 800, held in Apirl 1984, when I reviewed major works of art supposed to date from this period, but admitted I had not yet attempted to verify the findings of Spatharakis; Ihor Sevcenko then reported that his preliminary study of the emperor list in the manuscript had led him to favor the
Byzantinische Zeitschrift – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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