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MS. Barocci 173

Summary Catalogue no.: 173

Legal Miscellany A 10th, B 12th cent.

Physical Description

Composite: A fols. 1–156 || B fols. 157–351
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 352 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 215 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (i), 1–351, (352).


Binding of blind-stamped brown leather, 17th–18th century.

MS. Barocci 173 – Part A (fols. 1–156)


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols. 1r–19v)
⟨Ioannes Scholastikos⟩, collection of Justinian’s novels on canon law in 87 chapters,

pr. G.E. Heimbach, Anecdota, vol. ii, Leipzig 1840, pp. 202–33. Followed on fol. 19v by two brief scholia on privata and largitiones.

2. (fols. 20r–57v)
collection of Justinian’s novels on canon law in 25 chapters,

pr. ibid., pp. 145–201.

3. (fol. 58rv)
Rubric: διάταξιϲ οζʹ· περὶ ἀϲελγαινόντων καὶ ὀμνυόντων κατὰ θεοῦ τριχόϲ τε καὶ κεφαλῆϲ καὶ τῶν τοιούτων, οὓϲ κελεύει ταῖϲ ἐϲχάταιϲ ὑποβάλλεϲθαι τιμωρίαιϲ
Incipit: πᾶϲιν ἀνθρώποιϲ τοῖϲ εὐφρονοῦϲι
Explicit: ἀγανάκτηϲιν ὑποϲτήϲεται
4. (fols. 58v–97r)
⟨‡ Theodore Balsamon⟩, collection of novels on church affairs,

pr. PG 138. 1077–1228.

5. (fols. 97r–101r)
collection from the Digest and Institutes,

pr. as book 2 of the preceding, PG 138. 1228–49.

6. (fols. 102r–124v)
⟨Athanasius Emisenus⟩, collection of novels,

titles i–iii pr. G.E. Heimbach, Anecdota, vol. i, Leipzig 1838, pp. 1–49.

7. (fols. 124v–133r)
Heraclius, novels
7a. (fols. 124v–127r)

no. 199 in Dölger, Regesten, pr. Zepos, Ius graeco-romanum, Athens 1931, vol. i, pp. 36–9; now ed. J. Konidaris, Fontes minores V (Frankfurt 1982), pp. 33–106.

7b. (fols. 127r–129v)

no. 165 in Dölger, pr. ibid., pp. 27–30.

7c. (fols. 129v–131r)

no. 175 in Dölger, pr. ibid., pp. 31–2.

7d. (fols. 131r–133r)

no. 212 in Dölger, pr. ibid., pp. 33–6.

8. (fols. 133r–150r)
⟨Ioannes Damaskenos⟩, de haeresibus,

pr. PG 94. 677 ff., as far as 777B1; ch. 101 περὶ Ἀγαρηνῶν is in a substantially different form. Attributed in MS. Epiphanius Cyprius.

9. (fols. 150r–156v)
Timotheus Constantinopolitanus, de receptione haereticorum,

pr. PG 86. 12 ff., breaking off at the words φόνον, Τιμοθέου, 44C6.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (ruled): 220 × 150 mm.


(fol. 1) i–xii 8, (fol. 97) xiii 10 (6 canc.), (fol. 106) xiv–xvi 8, (fol. 130) xvii 3 leaves, (fol. 133) xviii–xx 8.


Ruling: 31 lines. Ruling type similar to Leroy 42C1q.


Two scribes. A wrote fols. 1r–48v, 57r–64v, 73r–97r, 102r–132v; B wrote fols. 97r–101r. Leaves 49–56, 65–72, 133–56 are replacements in a 15th-century hand. The original leaves 49–56 are now fols. 61–8 in Laurentianus 56. 13; the original leaves 65–72 are now in Leipzig, Univ.-Bibl. gr. 46 (cf. B, ‘Contents’, ad fin.).


Origin: 10th century

MS. Barocci 173 – Part B (fols. 157–351)


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols. 157r–295v)
synopsis Basilicorum maior,

pr. I. and P. Zepos, Ius graeco-romanum, Athens 1931, vol. v; on this MS. see p. 8 on no. 11.

2. (fols. 296v–301r)
Institutes (excerpts)
Rubric: ἐκ τοῦ τρίτου βιβλίου τῶν Ἰνϲτιτούτων· περὶ βαθμῶν ϲυγγενείαϲ
Incipit: τὸ πρώην ἐν προθεωρίᾳ ἡμῖν εἰρημένον
Explicit: ὑπόκειται τῇ κλοπῇ

The text is preceded by a diagram similar to that in MS. Vienna Hist. gr. 24, fol. 317r, accompanied by explanatory text.

3. (fols. 301r–325v, 327r)
ecloga legum in epitoma expositarum,

capp. 1–23 § λθ, pr. Zepos, op. cit., vol. iv, pp. 276–415, breaking off at l. 4 of the section, τοῦτο ϲυμβαίνειν; on this MS. see p. 265.

4. (fols. 328r–351r)

collections of texts supplementary to item B1 above; in the symbols adopted by N.G. Svoronos, La synopsis maior des Basiliques et ses appendices, Paris 1964, they are as follows: A I; A II items 1–7; A III items 1–21; A IV items 1–3; ‘pièce ajoutée no. 33’ (see p. 58); A IV items 4–6.

In the lacuna before fol. 328, which is indicated also by an irregularity in the quire signatures, must have stood leaves 41–5 of Leipzig, MS. Univ.-Bibl. gr. 46 (cf. below, ‘Script’, A).

5. (fol. 351rv)
novel of Alexios Comnenus of 1082,

pr. Zepos, op. cit., vol. i, pp. 298–302, breaking off at τὰϲ ἀπράκτουϲ ἡμέραϲ.

(Later addition.)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (ruled): 200 × 160 mm.


(fol. 157) i–xi 8, (fol. 245) xii 10 (3, 5 canc.), (fol. 253) xiii–xxi 8, (fol. 325) xxii 2 leaves; lacuna; (fol. 328) xxiii–xxv 10 (4, 7 canc.). Fol. 326 is a modern addition. Quires numbered on bottom left corner of first recto and bottom right corner of last verso.


Ruling: 39–40 lines. Ruling type similar to Leroy 34C1.


One scribe, who wrote a fair quantity of marginalia.


Rubrication: initials and some titles in vermilion.


Origin: 12th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970. 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).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.