Lycophron with commentary


This 15th-century manuscript contains a Greek tragedy attributed to the Alexandrian scholar and poet Lycophron. Lycophron worked at the famous library of Alexandria and, beside his scholarly activities, he was also a prolific playwright. His celebrated tragedies, however, have not come down to us and the only one that survives under his name is the Alexandra contained in this manuscript, but its exact authorship by Lycophronis now debated. 

The language of the play is a highly polished and difficult Greek which was extensively commented by later scholars. Marginal explications by a famous 12th-century Byzantine scholar, Isaac Tzetzes, are preserved around the play in this copy. 

The manuscript, copied by three different scribes, originally formed one volume with a copy of Pindar's Odes and a geographical work (Burney MS 98) and was in the possession of George the Count of Corinth. It was at his sale in 1803 that the classicist Charles Burney acquired it with whose library it came to the British Museum in 1818.

Full title:
Lycophron, Alexandra, with the commentary of Ioannes or Isaac Tzetzes
1st half of the 15th century, Greece
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Burney MS 89

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