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MS. Barocci 206

Summary Catalogue no.: 206

Lectionaries and Anastasius Sinaita A 9th cent., B 8th cent. (?), C 13th cent.

Physical Description

Palimpsest: lower script from two manuscripts (fols. 1–99, 100–130), combined to take the upper script.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 240 mm.
Foliation: Foliated 1–11, 12ab, 13–130.


first quire missing, (fol. 1) ii–xiii 8, (fol. 96) xiv 4, (fol. 100) xv–xvii 8, (fol. 124) xviii 8 (8 canc.). Some quires numbered on first recto above the left-hand column.


Binding East European, 15th–16th cent., blind-stamped brown leather with hunting-scene stamps.

MS. Barocci 206 – Part 1 (fols. 1–99, inferior script)



The following liturgical directions can be made out: (fol. 7r) τῇ ἁγίᾳ καὶ μεγάλῃ γʹ εἰϲ τὸν ὄρθρον εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Λουκᾶν. (Fol. 12A verso) κυριακῇ δʹ (?). (Fol. 14r) τοῦ ὁϲίου Λαζάρου. (Fol. 16r) τῇ ἁγίᾳ καὶ μεγάλῃ εʹ εἰϲ τὸν ὄρθρον. (Fol. 25r) κυριακῇ ιαʹ. (Fol. 34r) κυριακῇ τοῦ τυροφάγου. (Fol. 46v) τῇ βʹ μετὰ τὴν νʹ. Others are now illegible even with the aid of an ultraviolet lamp.

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (ruled): 230 × 170 mm.


Ruling: 2 columns of 21–2 lines, 12–14 letters in each line. Ruling type Leroy 20C2. The sheets were originally a little longer, as the liturgical direction on fol. 15v has been partially cut away.


One hand; the letters slope slightly to the left and are of uneven width (epsilon, omicron and sigma being rather narrow). Apparently a typical late uncial. Traces of ecphonetic notation visible.


Much decoration: apart from the use of vermilion in some titles and headings there are πύλαι on fols. 66v and 93r, other headpieces and numerous initials in more than one colour; many of the latter are curiously tall (e.g. tau on fols. 18r and 91v, which is rather like the example shown in plate 429 of K. Weitzmann, Die byzantinische Buchmalerei …, Berlin 1935, from MS. Jerusalem, St. Saba 2, 10th cent. minuscule).

Ornamental headpieces and decorated initials at the beginnings of lections.(Hutter iii. 13)


Origin: 9th century, last third ; Byzantine, Constantinople

MS. Barocci 206 – Part 2 (fols. 100–130, inferior script)



The liturgical directions include movable and immovable feasts: (fol. 102v) ἡ μετάϲταϲιϲ τῆϲ ἁγίαϲ δεϲποίνηϲ ἡμῶν θεοτόκου (August 15). (Fol. 104r) μηνὶ ἀπριλίῳ κϛʹ μνήμη τοῦ ἁγίου μάρτυροϲ καὶ ἐπιϲκόπου Ἀμαϲείαϲ Βαϲιλέωϲ. (Fol. 104r immediately following the preceding) μηνὶ τῷ αὐτῷ λʹ τοῦ ἁγίου ἀποϲτόλου ⟨Ἰακώβου⟩. (Fol. 104v) μηνὶ ἰουνίῳ κδʹ τὸ γενέ̣ϲ̣ι̣ον̣ τοῦ Προδρόμου. (Fol. 109v) preceded by the marginal number 27, τῇ παραϲκευῇ τῆϲ μεϲοπεντηκοϲτῆϲ. (Fol. 120r) τῇ ἁγίᾳ πεντηκοϲτῇ. (Fol. 125v) preceded by the marginal number 36, τῇ κυριακῇ πρὸ τῶν ἁγίων πατέρων. (Fol. 126r) τῇ κυριακῇ πρὸ τῶν φώτων. (Fol. 126v) τῇ παραμονῇ τῶν φώτων. (Fol. 127r) μηνὶ ϲεπτεμβρίῳ ιδʹ ἡ ὕψωϲιϲ τοῦ τιμίου ϲταυροῦ. (Fol. 129v) μηνὶ φεβρουαρίῳ κδʹ τῆϲ ἁγίαϲ κεφαλῆϲ.

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (ruled): 240 × 180 mm.


Ruling: 2 columns of 22–3 lines, 9–11 letters to each line. Ruling type Leroy 00A2. The sheets were originally larger, as the liturgical directions on the top margin of fols. 101v, 102v, 104v have been cut away. A cross on the top left corner of fol. 124r appears to be a quire signature.


One hand, bold large letters, upright; it gives the impression of being earlier than the ninth century.


Rubrication: ornamentation consisting of large initials in very simple style. No ecphonetic notation visible.

Ornamental strips and decorated initials at the beginnings of lections. (Hutter iii. 13)


Origin: 10th century, second half (Hutter); 8th cent. (?) (Wilson) ; Asia Minor

MS. Barocci 206 – Part 3 (upper script, both parts)


1. (fols. 1r–111r)
⟨Anastasius Sinaites⟩, ⟨Quaestiones et responsiones⟩,

5–59, 142–51, 60–70, 128, 71–4, 152–end

Pr. PG 89, beg. 361C2 τοῦ Κυρίου, ends 824A κρειττόνων φύϲιϲ. The text is very different from Migne, and the order of excerpts is not always the same. After 393B9–10 καὶ ἐξῆϲ there is a passage not pr. PG, beg. ἐνυπνιαζομένου, ends ποιῆται κατάρρηϲιν, all written in vermilion. At 409B this MS. has a longer version of the end of the chapter. At 512B, ends of quaestio 22, fol. 60rv, there are sections ὀνόματα τῶν μεγάλων ποταμῶν and ὀνόματα τῶν μεγάλων ὀρέων.

Language(s): Greek
2. (fols. 111r–130r)
Theological collection
2a. (fol. 111r)
περὶ τῆϲ ἐπιφανίαϲ τοῦ Κυρίου ἐκ τῶν ἀποϲτολικῶν διδαγμάτων
Incipit: ἐτέχθη μὲν γὰρ ὁ Κύριοϲ
Explicit: ὥρᾳ θʹ τῆϲ ἡμέραϲ

This is not identical with the fr. of Nicetas Seides pr. PG 127. 1485.

2b. (fols. 111r–112v)
† Eusebius, Chronicon (extracts)

Two chapters on dating the life of Christ; pr. L. Dindorf, Chronicon Paschale, vol. ii, Bonn 1832, pp. 112–16.

2c. (fols. 112v–113r)
Hesychius of Jerusalem, In Christi natalem
Rubric: ἐκ τοῦ εἰϲ τὴν Χριϲτοῦ γέννηϲιν

pr. ibid., p. 116.

2d. (fols. 113r–114r)
Ioannes Damascenus, on calendars,

pr. PG 95. 236–7.

2e. (fol. 114rv)
περὶ τῆϲ θείαϲ δεκαλόγου
Incipit: εἶπεν ὁ Κύριοϲ
Explicit: τῷ πληϲίον ϲου ἐϲτίν
2f. (fols. 114v–115r)
περὶ τῶν ἐνδιαθέτων βιβλίων τοῦ αὐτοῦ Ἰωάννου

pr. PG 94. 1177B11–1180C.

2g. (fol. 115r)
Gregorius Nazianzenus, carmen de libris canonicis,

pr. PG 38. 841–4.

2h. (fols. 115v)
περὶ τῶν ξʹ βιβλίων καὶ ὅϲα τούτων ἐκτόϲ

a list of the books of scripture

2i. (fols. 115v–116r)
Epiphanius, enumeratio LXX prophetarum et prophetissarum,

pr. T. Schermann, Prophetarum vitae fabulosae, Teubner 1907, pp. 1–3.

2j. (fols. 116r–120r)
Epiphanius, de prophetarum vita et obitu,

pr. ibid., pp. 55–67, = BHG 3 1587.

2k. (fol. 120rv)
† Hippolytus Thebanus, de duodecim apostolis,

pr. ibid., pp. 164–7, = BHG 3 153a.

2l. (fols. 120v–121v)
† Hippolytus Thebanus, de LXX discipulis,

pr. ibid., pp. 167–70, = BHG 3 153b.

2m. (fols. 121v–123r)
dialogus SS. Basilii et Gregorii

pr. G. Heinrici, Byzantinische Gesprächsbücher und Verwandtes, Abh. Leipzig 28, 1911, pp. 32–5.

2n. (fols. 123r–129v)
† Dorotheus ep. Tyri, de LXX discipulis domini,

pr. T. Schermann, op. cit., pp. 132–60, using this MS., symbol B2, = BHG 3 151, 152.

2o. (fol. 129v)
duodecim apostolorum patriae

pr. ibid., pp. 203–4, using this MS., symbol D, = BHG 3 157.

2p. (fols. 129v–130r)
† Ioannes Chrysostomus, commentary on Ev. Joh. 19. 25 (extract)
Incipit: ἀναγκαῖον δὲ ζητῆϲαι
Explicit: γυναικὸϲ αὐτοῦ Ϲαλώμηϲ

cf. BHG 3 2076.

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (ruled): 230 × 170 mm.


Ruling: ruling types taken over from the uncial books. Two columns of 29–37 lines.


One scribe.


Rubrication: vermilion used for titles, initials, headings in simple penwork ornament, marginal indications of contents and occasional scholia.

Ornamental headpieces, strips and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 13)


Prayers, 13th cent., on fols. 105v, 105r.

(fol. 130r) τὸ καλανδολόγιον, (fol. 130rv) selenodromion, probably 13th or 14th cent.; see S. Weinstock, Catalogus codicum astrologorum graecorum, vol. ix, part I, Codices Oxonienses, Bruxelles 1950, p. 22.


Origin: 13th century, end

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970; supplementary information from Hutter (1982). 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

2018-07-26: Disambiguated identification of part 3 item 1.