Two posts at the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog here and here — neither makes it quite clear — have made me aware that the Laurentian library in Florence has put online a mass of manuscripts! ETC only refer to Greek New Testament mss, but I discover that in fact it is all the Plutei collection.
This is the core collection of classical manuscripts at the library. The Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, to give it its formal title, is the library of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Florence was the home of the renaissance, the base of the rediscovery of the classics, and the great library of Nicolo Nicoli ended up in this collection. There are treasures to be found there!
Here are the two main Tacitus manuscripts. M1 contains Annals 1-6, M2 contains Annals 11-16 plus the Histories.
Tertullian is also here, although the Conventi Soppressi collection is not included, which contains the most important manuscripts.
But a two volume copy of the Cluny Collection of his works is online:
Eusebius on the Psalms, in Greek? Here. Cicero, Seneca… they’re here. In fact if you look at my digest of manuscripts of the Greek classics here, you will find that this collection contains Aelian and half a hundred others.
The search page is here:
Just search for Tacitus, Tertullianus, Eusebius, and see what you get!
This is wonderful, wonderful news. Suddenly it becomes possible for us all to consult these manuscripts. Better still, you can download individual pages and do digital enhancement on them, if you need to.
Magic! Well done the BML!