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MS. Barocci 170

Summary Catalogue no.: 170


Leo the Wise, Oracula

In Greek, with Latin translation by Francesco Barozzi.

Probably the planned dedication copy to Giacomo Foscarini, then governor of Greece, left unfinished and never delivered.

Language(s): Greek and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 31 + lxi fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 277 × 198 mm.


1 col., written space c. 120–30 × 120 mm.

2 cols., column space c. 220 × 65 mm.

7–41 lines.


Scribe of the Greek text identified by Hutter as Georgios Klonztas.

Latin text in humanistic cursive.


Miniatures (23 full page and 1 double-page). Borders. Decorated initials. (Hutter ii. 9, Abb. 621–646)


Blind-rolled and stamped leather over boards, 1577, rebacked.


Origin: 1577 ; Italian, Venice (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 3v (end of dedicatory letter): ‘Cretae .vi. Idus Aprilis .M.D.LXXVII.’: but according to Hutter written not in Crete but in the atelier of Georgios Klonztas in Venice.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 66. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens, Quarto Catalogues I, 1883, repr. with corrections 1969).


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Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-25: Description revised with reference to Watson.