MSS. AND EDITIONS.
THE chief MSS. are V and R, the latter being
a fifteenth-century MS. at Rome called Codex
Barberinus. To these must be added the readings
of a MS. called by Kéhlewein b, which is now lost,
but its readings have been noted by Gadaldinus of
Venice. There are two Paris MSS. worth noticing.
One (2255 or E) divides the treatise into two parts,
and the other (7027) is a Latin translation which
sometimes helps in the reconstruction of the text.
The work has often been edited. The earliest
edition was published at Venice in 1497, and there
were at least ten others during the sixteenth
century. The best edition is that of Coray (2 vols.,
Paris, 1800). Though verbose it is both scholarly
and medically accurate, Coray being a Greek by
birth, a medical man by training, and a scholar by
There are English translations by Peter Low
(London, 1597), John Moffat (London, 1788), Francis
Clifton (London, 1734), and, of course, Francis
Adams (London, 1849).
The following table, taken from Aetius III. 164,
may prove useful in determining the periods of the
year mentioned in the Hippocratic writings.
March 23 . . ἰσημερία ἐαρινή.
April 1 . . αἱ πληιάδεσ2 ἀκρόνυχοι φαίνονται.
April 19 . . αἱ πληιάδεσ2 ἑσπέπιοι κρύπτονται.
April 21 . . αἱ πληιάδεσ2 ἀμα ἡλίου ἀνατολῇ
May 7 . . . αἱ πληιάδεσ2 ἑῶ̔αι φαίνονται (heliacal