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MS. Holkham Gr. 107

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Diktyon no.: 48175

Works by Nemesios of Emesa, Damascius and Theophylact Simocatta.


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols 1r-9r)
Nemesios of Emesa, De natura hominis

CPG 3550, chapters 2–3, Gregory of Nyssa (MS), fol. 1r: tit. τοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Γρηγορίου ἐπισκόπου Νύσσης, περὶ ψυχῆς, λόγος, but (in marg.) it is stated that the work has been penned by Nemesios not Gregory of Nyssa: ‘⟨Ne⟩messii de na(tura) hominis | sed puteo ne scribet(ur) Nyssae’ another hand: ἔστιν οἶμαι νεμεσίου τὸ σύγγραμμα, κακῶς δὲ τοῦ νύσσης ἐπιγράφετ(αι). See also below in marginalia for a Morezenos related note on authorship; ed. M. Morani, Nemesii Emeseni de natura hominis, Leipzig, 1987, pp. 16.12–44.21. Our section appears to be a copy of MS Milan, Bibl. Ambrosiana, C 58 sup. See L. Westerink, J. Combès, Damascius, Traité des premiers principes. vol. I. De l'ineffable et de l'Un, Paris, 1986, p. CVI. Siglum pb.

2. (fols 10r-128r)
Damascius, De principiis

Des. τὸ πρῶτον γνωστὸν καὶ γνωστικόν [… eds L. Westerink, J. Combès, Damascius, Traité des premiers principes. vol. I. De l'ineffable et de l'Un, Paris, 1986, pp. 1–130 and eds L. Westerink, J. Combès, Damascius, Traité des premiers principes. vol. II. De la Triade et de l’ Unifié, Paris, 1989, pp. 1–157. 22.

3. (fols 130r-131r, 132v-134r)
Theophylact Simocatta, Quaestiones physicae

Ed. L. Massa Positano, Teofilatto Simocata. Questioni naturali, 2nd edn., Naples, 1965, pp. 7–38.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: ii + 134 + iii end flyleaves foliated as 135–137.
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 220 mm.


1 × 4–1 (iii); 2 pasted leaves foliated as iv-v; 1 × 8 (vi-7), 1 × 2–1 (9); 1 × 14 (23), 1 pasted folio (24), 1 × 8 (32), 2 × 16 (64), 1 pasted folio (65), 1 × 14 (79), 3 × 16 (127), 1 × 2 (129), 1 × 8–3 (134) 1 × 2 (137), 1 pasted endleaf.


Scribe i: 37 lines per page. Scribe ii: variable.


i) fols 1r-9r: hand of 16th c.; ii) fols 10r-128, 130r-131r, 132v-134r: Μάξιμος Μαργούνιος, See RGK I, 259; RGK II, 356; RGK III, 427.

Additions: fol. iv(r): Syllogism about soul: πᾶν αὐτοκίνητον ἐστὶν ἀεικίνητον.|ἡ ψυχὴ ἐστὶ τὸ αὐτοκίνητον,| ἄρα ἡ ψυχὴ ἐστὶ τὸ ἀεικίνητον. fol. v(r): περὶ πρώτων (μον)αχοῦ δαμασκίου inc. Ση(μείωσαι), ἡ μὲν ἀρχὴ … des. τῶν πρώτων αἴτιον. Fol. vi(r): Syllogism about soul: τὸ αὐτοκίνητον ἐστὶν ἡ ψυχή·| τὸ ἀθάνατον ἐστὶν ἡ ψυχή.| ἄρα τὸ ἀθάνατον ἐστὶν αὐτοκίνητον. fol. 9r: at the end of the text, the scribe added: τέλος| οἱ ἀναγινώσκοντες δεήθητέ μοι ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν| παρὰ κ(υρίο)υ, εὔχομαι· Also a hand, possibly by Morezenos noted: τὴν τῶν ψυχ(ῶν) προὕπαρξιν δοκεῖ ὅμολογεῖν, καὶ ἔτι τοῦτο· πλεῖστο(ν)| διαμαρτάνει ὁ συγγραφεὺς, ἔτι δὲ τἄλλα, ὀρθῶς καὶ σοφῶς ἀποφαίνετ(αι)·| πλατωνικοῦ τινος χριστιανοῦ τὸ σύγγραμμα, οὐ μὴν Γρηγορίου νύσσης·| οὔτε νεμεσίου φιλοσόφου ὅτι ἀλλότριος μοι δοκεῖ τῶν τοιούτων δογμάτων. fol. 128r: ἕως ὧδε τὸ ἀντίγραφ(ον); fol. 134r: at the end τέλος· |δόξα τῷ μόνῳ θ(ε)


Typical Holkham binding of light brown leather, with Coke family ostrich crest in gilt in the centre of the upper cover; Date: early nineteenth century. Rebound by John Jones of Liverpool (worked for Holkham 1816–1823).The spine lettered in gilt: / GREGORII/ NYSSENI/ DE/ ANIMA/ ET/ ALIORUM/ OPERA./ GR.//MS./; in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 107/


Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. i(v) (in black ink): signature of Th(om)as William Coke; fol. v(r): ἐκ τῶν Ἰωάννου ἱερέως τοῦ μορζήνου; fol. 1r: ἐκ τῶν μάρκου μορζήνου τοῦ κρητὸς καὶ θύτου. Catalogue Nrs: paste down (in pencil), fol. i(v): MS. Holkham Gr. 107; fol. i(v) left corner bottom (in pencil) 663 a. fol. ii(r) (in pencil): Holk Cat. No 63 (subscr. 60) CIA13 / = Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 60. fol. 1r: handwritten note in grey ink by B. de Montfaucon: Cod. 46./ annorum circ./ 250. Gregorii/ Nysseni de/ Anima/ Damascii/ quaedam.= Giustiniani 46; (at the bottom, in brown ink): ΞΓον =Morezenos 63.

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (2020), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.


Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-27: New description by D. Skrekas.