List of earliest extant manuscripts for all literature works from antiquity?


Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
However, from what you write above I infer that I should not therefore conclude that the earliest ms for Porphyry's "Life of Plotinus" is one of these from the 13th century _BECAUSE_ the collection is not complete. Is this correct?
Yes, correct.

Is there a page in Pinakes that allows me to select an author?
Top left box. Names are sorted according to Latinized forms. Then hit "recherche" on the bottom right.
Feb 2013
Coastal Florida
If literature means "any written materials", the earliest literature would be records of taxation and trades; these would be too dull for most people (except for historians and archaeologists in the relevant fields.)
Well, there's also quite a bit of extant narrative and expository literature on papyrus and cuneiform tablets (among various other media), most of religious/political, historical and/or wisdom genres, which long predates anything from the "Christian and Classical" spheres. However, it sounds like the OP's interest is limited to later periods and social groups.
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