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MS. Barocci 214

Summary Catalogue no.: 214

Theodorus Prodromus 13th cent.

Physical Description

Composite: main MS. || (fols. 1–8) substitute leaves for fols. 9–14 (damaged)
Form: codex
Support: Paper. Fols. 1–8: Western paper, watermark unidentifiable. 15th cent. Fols. 9–328: Oriental paper.
Extent: iv + 329 leaves.
Foliation: Foliated (i–iv), (1–8), 9–328, (329); fols. i–iv and 329 blank.


fols. 9–328: (fol. 9) i 7 leaves, (fol. 16) ii–xxiv 8, (fol. 200) xxv 8 (6 canc.) (fol. 207) xxvi 7 leaves, (fol. 214) xxvii 8, (fol. 222) xxviii 8 (2 canc.) (fol. 229) xxix 8 (2 canc.) (fol. 236) xxx 8 (5 canc.), (fol. 243) xxxi 8, (fol. 251) xxxii 6, (fol. 257) xxxiii 8 (5 missing), (fol. 264) xxxiv–xxxviii 8, (fol. 304) xxxix 9 leaves, (fol. 313) xl–xli 8. (The correct order is: fols. 1–22, 23v, 23r, 24–207, 209–213, 2–8, 214–326, 328, 327.) Quires numbered on top right corner of first recto (numbers decorated in bistre and blue).


Ruling: Fols. 1–8: up to 25 lines. Fols. 9–328: 20–27 lines. Ruling type similar to Leroy 20C1.


One scribe, who wrote a few marginalia. Items 2–4 added by the scribe in a smaller hand.


Rubrication: titles, initials (occasionally zoomorphic) and penwork headings in vermilion, bistre and blue; lemmata marked in same colours. On fols. 254v, 260r, 267r, 273r, 283r, 295r, 301r the scribe drew with a compass two concentric semi-circles at the right of the page and left the space within blank, on both recto and verso.

Additions: Scrap of paper with quotations from Basil the Great pasted on fol. ii recto, 15th cent.


Binding of vellum over boards, late 18th cent.; quires strengthened by earlier binder with paper strips from Latin and Greek books, the latter perhaps liturgical. Fore-edges painted blue.


Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 310v ἐγὼ πάπαϲ Δημήτριοϲ ὁ ἐπιϲκόπουλοϲ ἀγόραϲα ἐτοῦτον τὸ βιβλίον ἀπὸ τὸν μακαρίτην τὸν πατέραν τοῦ τζαμάντουα̣ϲ̣ (last word in different ink), 15th cent.

MS. Barocci 214 – Part 1


Language(s): Greek

1a. (fols. 1r–8v)

See part 2

1b. (fols. 9r–22v, 23v, 23r, 24r–207v, 209r–213v, 208rv, 214r–254v, 257r–300v)
Rubric: Θεοδώρου φιλοϲόφου τοῦ Προδρόμου ἑρμηνεία (?) εἰϲ τοὺϲ κανόναϲ τῶν δεϲποτικῶν ἑορτῶν· προοίμιον εἰϲ τὸν ἀξιώϲαντα

The same, again incomplete. Chapters 1–14 as indicated by Stevenson pp. xxiv–xxvi; 15 ends πῶϲ οὐ παραδοξότατον; 15a (not in Stevenson) has title only, and fols. 254v–256v were originally left blank for the text; 16 as in Stevenson; 17 breaks off with the final lemma of Ode 9 (cp. Menaion, Rome ed., vol. v, pp. 337–44) with space left for some commentary.

Rubric: εἰϲ ἕτερον κανόνα vacat ἐξήγηϲιϲ εἰϲ τὴν αὐτὴν ἑορτὴν Πεντηκοϲτῆϲ: ποίημα ἰωʹ μοναχοῦ φέρων ἀκροϲτιχίδα ἐξ ἡρωελεγείων (15a)
2. (fols. 255r–256v, 302r–303r)

scholia on Ioannes Climacus.

2a. (fols. 255r–256v, 302rv)
Scholia on Ioannes Climacus, Scala Paradisi,

on the introduction and chapter 1

Incipit: (lemma) καὶ τῇ μὲν ξενιτείᾳ τῇ προϲτάτιδι
Incipit: (text) νεάνιδεϲ αἱ ψυχικαὶ καταϲτάϲειϲ εἰϲίν
Explicit: ἐργάται τῶν ἀγαθῶν
2b. (fols. 302v–303v)
Scholia on Iohannes Climacus, Liber ad pastorem,

on chapter 1

Incipit: (lemma) ἰατρόϲ ἐϲτι τὸ ϲῶμα
Incipit: (text) τὸ ϲῶμα καὶ τὴν ψυχήν
Explicit: τοῦ παρόντοϲ βίου ἀπεδήμηϲαν
3. (fol. 303rv)
Ioannes Climacus, Scala Paradisi (extract)
Incipit: ἐν τριϲὶ γενικωτάτοιϲ καταϲτάϲεϲι καθιϲμάτων
Explicit: πόθον πόθῳ οὐκ ἐπαύϲατο
4. (fol. 303v)
Marcus Monachus (extract)
Incipit: κεκαλυμμένηϲ τῆϲ ψυχῆϲ
Explicit: τῆϲ χάριτοϲ βαϲιλευούϲηϲ ἐν αὐτῇ … ἀμήν
5. (fol. 304r–326v, 328rv, 327rv)
Anastasius I patr. Antiochenus, ἐξήγηϲιϲ περὶ τῶν ἐν Περϲίδι πραχθέντων,

pr. E. Bratke, Das sogennante Religionsgespräch am Hof der Sassaniden(T. und U. xix 3), using this MS. (symbol L, see p. 75); breaks off at p. 45 l. 13 ϲυκοφάντου (pace Bratke).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Dimensions (leaf): 238 × 161 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 195 × 120 mm.


Ornamental headpieces.(Hutter iii. 124, Abb. 467–470, 659)


Origin: 13th century, end to 14th century, beginning (Hutter)

MS. Barocci 214 – Part 2 (fols. 1–8)


Language(s): Greek

Theodorus Prodromus, Expositio canonum Cosmae et Iohannis Damasceni
(fols. 1r–8v)
Rubric: τοῦ φιλοϲόφου κυροῦ Θεοδώρου τοῦ Προδρόμου ἐξήγηϲιϲ εἰϲ τοὺϲ ἐν ταῖϲ ἱεραῖϲ δεϲποτικαῖϲ ἑορταῖϲ ἐκτεθένταϲ κανόναϲ παρὰ τῶν ἁγίων καὶ ϲοφῶν ποιητῶν Κοϲμᾶ καὶ Ἰωάννου· πρὸ δὲ αὐτῆϲ προοίμιον εἰϲ τὸ ὀρφανοτροφεῖον (sic) ἀξιώϲαντα τούτουϲ ἐξηγήϲαϲθαι

pr. H.M. Stevenson senior, Commentarii in carmina Cosmae Hierosolymitani et Joannis Damasceni, Rome 1888; breaks off at p. 10 l. 10 ϲτερέωμα; these leaves are 15th cent. substitutes for the somewhat damaged fols. 9–14.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 161 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 143 × 88 mm.


Ornamental headpieces, strips and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 124, Abb. 467–470, 659)


Origin: 16th century, first half (Hutter)

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

2017-07-01: First online publication.