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MS. Barocci 238

Summary Catalogue no.: 238


Menologion for February (fragment).
1. (fols. 1r-6r)
Gregory of Nyssa, In Theodorum
BHG 1760
CPG 3183

Beginning missing, begins at "...ἐξ ἑνὸς φυράματος ἔχον" (PG 46, 740).

2. (fol. 6v)
Life of St Theodore Tiron (the Recruit)
BHG 1765

End missing, ends with "ὑπὲρ ἀθανάτου βασιλέως ἀγωνί[ζεσθαι]..." (Acta Sanctorum Novembris, vol. 4. Bruxellis 1925, 45E).

3. (fols. 7r-8v)
Passion of St Sadoth, bishop of Seleucia, Ctesiphon and their companions
BHG 1613

Beginning missing, begins at "...ξί]φος ζωὴν δίδωσιν" (Patrologia Orientalis 2 (1905), p. 449.9.

4. (fols. 8v-13v)
Passion of St Maurice
BHG 1230
5. (fols. 13v-14r)
Passion of St Papias, Diodorus and Claudius
BHG 2331
6. (fols. 14v-18r)
Passion of St Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna
CPG 1094
7. (fols. 18r-19v)
First Invention and Translation of the Head of St John the Baptist
BHG 839
8. (fols. 19v-22v)
Second Invention of the Head of St John the Baptist
BHG 840
9. (fols. 23r-25r)
Theodore the Studite, Encomium on the Invention of the Head of St John the Baptist
BHG 842
10. (fols. 25r-54v)
Marcus Diaconus (?-448?), Life of St Porphyry, Bishop of Gaza
BHG 1570
11. (fols. 54v-56v)
Ignatios, the Deacon, ca. 775-ca. 848, Life of St Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople
BHG 1698

End missing, ends with "τῆς αὐτὸν τεκούσης κυρίως καὶ ἀληθῶς θεομήτορος..." (I.A. Heikel, Ignatii Diaconi vita Tarasii Archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani [=Acta societatis scientiarum fennicae, 17] (Helsingfors, 1891), 395-423: 397).

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 58 leaves (i-ii, 57-58 are paper endleaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 360 × 245 mm.
Foliation: Arabic numbers


Missing 19 quires before fol. 1., 4 fols missing before fol. 7, further 5 fols and 6 quires missing before fol. 7, one fol missing before f. 35.Quire numbering by the scribe, fol. 1 = K'


2 columns, 39 lines (fols. 1-25)

2 columns, 34 lines (fols. 26-56)

Ruling: outer bifolia of each quire: similar to Lake II, 33b. Inner three bifolia Lake II, 4b.

Written space variable: 238-258 × 160/3-165/8 mm.


Minuscule ('Club-shaped')

Initials and titles in Alexandrian majuscule

Rubrics and catchwords in Epigraphic majuscule


Hutter iii. 18, Abb. 77–9

Ornamental headpieces: fols. 6v, 8v, 13v, 23r, 18r, 25r, 54v.

Decorated initials.


Brown leather with blind-stamped decoration.


Origin: 10th century, second third ; Byzantine

Provenance and Acquisition

Collection of Francesco Barocci and Jacopo Barocci.

Purchased in 1629 by William Herbert, third Earl of Pembroke.

Given by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Greek Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues I, repr. 1969, with corrections, from the ed. of 1853). Decoration, localization and date follow Hutter (1977–1982).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.