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MS. Barocci 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 20

Pseudo-Callisthenes 14th cent.


(fols. 1r–155r)
Pseudo-Callisthenes, Historia Alexandri Magni,

pr. U. von Lanenstein and H. Engelmann, Der griechische Alexanderroman Rezension Γ, vols. i–ii, Meisenheim am Glan 1962–3, using this MS., symbol R, see pp. viii–x; recension gamma

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, probably Oriental. Fols. 1–2 damaged.
Extent: ii + 157 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 164 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 134 × 87 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (i–ii), 1–155, (156–7).


(fol. 1) i 8 (1 missing), (fol. 8) ii–xix 8, (fol. 152) xx 4. Quires numbered in bottom right corner of first recto.


Ruling: 23–4 lines. Ruling faint, perhaps Leroy 02D1.


Two scribes. A: fols. 14–145v, B: fols. 145v–155r, strange hand which looks later than A; on fol. 155r the signature Φιλόθεοϲ ἱερομόναχοϲ looks like B’s hand.


Rubrication: Initials and occasionally short passages of text (fols. 64v, 65r) in vermilion.

Additions: 1 fol. 101v drawing of a man with caption ἐγὸ Ἰωάννηϲ ὁ ϲκαφβελ. (15th cent.). 2 fol. 155r cryptography ρνρνγβιειελελερρρνρνλελεϲϲαιειεγβλλακεκεββννλελεϲϲ, = τέλοϲ τοῦ Ἀλεξάνδρου. 3 fol. 155r ἡ βίβλοϲ ὑπάρχει ἐτῶν ͵ϛϡλʹ = AD 1422, cf. MS. Holkham gr. 59 for a different use of the formula (Bodleian Library Record vi (1960), p. 603). 4 fol. 155r νεϛολω ϛεϡλξ.ν..λω.λπχκϡεϲω = Νεῖλοϲ ἱερομόναχοϲ ὁ Κυπρέωϲ. 5 various other notes and pentrials, unimportant.


Binding of blind-stamped brown leather over wood, late Byzantine style, 15th–16th cent.; hunting-scene stamps, spine modern.


Origin: 14th century

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.