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By Alain Touwaide

Manuscripts containing Greek scientific texts have been inventoried by way of writer and paintings firstly of the 20 th century by way of a bunch of philologists lower than the path of Hermann Diels. precious because it was once - and should stay – Diels’ catalogue passed over authors and works, misidentified manuscripts, and neglected codices. in addition, because the booklet of undefined, a few libraries have followed a brand new process of class, manuscripts were destroyed, goods have replaced place, and new ones have come to gentle.

The current Census is a list of the Greek scientific manuscripts at present recognized in collections world wide. it really is either an amended and up to date index of Diels’ catalogue, and a listing of the goods overlooked or ignored in Diels, or situated considering. even though it doesn't supersede Diels’ catalogue, it's the imperative tool for a brand new Diels, and may be the reference for years yet to come for any new serious variation and medico-historical learn in accordance with manuscripts, in addition to delivering the foundation for a wide diversity of alternative ancient inquiries, from codicology to the heritage of drugs and technology, together with Byzantine highbrow heritage, Renaissance experiences and humanism, background of the publication and early printing, and the historical past of clinical philology and learning.

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