I’m still working on editing the translation of the Gospel Problems and Solutions by Eusebius of Caesarea. The fragments of catenas and the like are all printed by Angelo Mai in the early 19th century, or reprinted by him from yet earlier non-critical publication. In other cases he is printing unpublished material. This means that I need to check for subsequent publication.
Several extracts come from the Questions of Anastasius of Sinai. A web search — thank heavens for Google — reveals that an edition appeared in 2006, by Marcel Ricard, in the Brepols Corpus Christianorum Series Graeca, vol. 59. I need the text of questions 9, 148 and 153, so my translator can compare the text given by Mai with that of a critical text. Sadly the libraries are all closed when I am at home, so a day off for a day trip to Cambridge will be necessary.
Another extract — not actually from the Gospel Problems is given “from unpublished chronicles by George Hamartolus and Johannes Siculus.” A search reveals that the chronicle of George Hamartolus or George Monachus was edited badly in 1859 by a chap called Muralt, and reprinted by Migne in PG 110. No sign of a fresher edition, so I’m not sure I need to do much more.
But “Johannes Siculus”… that could be anyone. All it means is “John of Sicily”; every third Byzantine was called John, and thousands of them lived in Sicily. A search in Google on “Johannes Siculus” was rather dispiriting! Fortunately “John of Sicily” was better. This led to H. Heinrich, Die Chronik des Johannes Sikeliota, Graz, 1892, edited from a Vienna manuscript. A book of that date ought to be online, but … it’s in German. Das Reich ist immer offline.
So off to COPAC to search for a copy offline. Several searches later, I draw a blank. Even a search by author=Heinrich, date=1892, draws a blank. But I have played before, and am not dispirited. I am reasonably sure that a copy exists in the UK. So I wonder if this dratted thing is hidden in a serial? Hmm.
Back to Google to look for clues, searching for “Johannes Sikeliota”. And sure enough I find the book mentioned with an addendum, “In Reihe: Schulprogramm Graz / 1892″. This gives the author as “Alfred Heinrich”. Search COPAC for the series; nothing. Ah, the joy of offline knowledge…
Then I remember that Google book search doesn’t work properly outside the US. I retry via a US server. The book at least appears now, albeit clearly not online, here. I click the “Find in a library” link (to worldcat). And it turns out to be a thesis, or dissertation, never published. Boy that site is slow, tho. It never actually finished displaying.
Does anyone know where I could get a copy?