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MS. Holkham Gr. 12

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

Diktyon no.: 48080

Canon law

Contents

Language(s): Greek

1. (fols 1a-1dv)

Table of contents, divided into 133 chapters, tit. Πίναξ ἀκριβεὶς τῶν κανόνων

2. (fol 1dv)

Regulation on presanctified bread, tit. Περὶ ἄρτου τοῦ προηγιασμ(έν)ου ἀφανισθέντος ἢ ὑπὸ κυνῶν ἢ ὑπὸ μυῶν, Διραχίου ἐπισκόπου τοῦ Καβάσιλα. inc. Οἱ πταίσαντες ἱερεῖς … des. καὶ τὴν ἱερουργίαν ἐκτελέσουσιν. (Mansi XXII, 1140; PG 119, 809D-812A, Rhalles-Potles V, 115, all as response by Manuel II Patriarch of Constantinople to questions by Romanos, Bishop of Dyrrachium.

3. (fols 1e-94r)

Tit. Πρόχειρον κανονικὸν ἀναγκαῖον εἰς τὸ λύειν καὶ δεσμεῖν ἁμαρτίας ἀνθρώπων ἐξουσίαν είληφότας πᾶν ἔχων ἀναγκαῖον εὐσύνοπτον· συλλεγὲν ἀπό τε τῶν κανόνων τῶν ἁγίων ἀποστόλων καὶ τῶν ζ´οἰκουμενικῶν συνόδων, τοπικῶν καὶ ὁσίων θεοφόρων πατέρων ἰδίως καὶ τῶν κατὰ μέρος ἐκτεθέντων θείων νόμων· ὑπὸ τῶν ἀειμνήστων εὐσεβεστάτων βασιλέων ἐν ἔτει ιςωπζ´ ἐνδικτιώνης β´ ἐπὶ τῆς βασιλείας Ἰω(άννου) καὶ Ἀνδρονίκου τῶν παλαιολόγων:· … compiled in 1379, tit. Κεφ. Α’ (in marg.) Ἀπολογία Ἰω(άνν)ου τοῦ νηστευτοῦ πε(ρὶ) τῆς αἰτίας συγκαταβατηκοτέρα τῶν ἄλλων δοκεῖ. Inc. ὁ μὲν Νηστευτῆς Ἰωάννης συγκαταβατηκοτέρα … des. καὶ οὕτως δίδε τὸν κα(νόν)α, καὶ τὴν ἡλικί(αν) πράττε: ὢ πρέπ(ει)… ἀμήν

(fols 30v-32r)

Table of Easters, Paschalia, and other calendar issues, the first (Eternal Easter Tables) is attributed to Blemmydes.

4. (fols 94r-97v)

Questions by Ionas hieromonk and Answers by Nilus Diasorenus, Archbishop of Rhodes on the feast of the Theophany, tit. ἕτερον κεφ(άλαιον) κεφ(άλαιον) α΄ ἐρώτ(η)σ(ις) Ἰωνᾶ ἱερο(μον)άχ(ου) καὶ πνευματικοῦ· καὶ ἀπόκρ(ισις) τοῦ ἁγιωτ(ά)τ(ου)| κυρ(οῦ) (an ίου?) Νείλ(ου) ρόδου (sup lin.), inc. τὸ ἁγίασμα τῶν ἁγ(ίων) θεοφανί(ων)… des. ὁλιγότ(ε)ρ(ον) ἔστιν τὸ κωλύον μόνον διὰ τὴν ἀπροσεξίαν.

5. (fols 97v-102r)

Questions and Answers by Ioasaph hieromonk and protosyncellos, tit. Ἰωάσαφ ἱερομονάχου καὶ μεγάλου πρωτοσυγγέλου ἐρωτοἀποκρύ(σεις) νδ´ πρὸς τὰς ἐρωτἠσεις ἃς ἡρώτησ(αν) τινὲς τῶν κρτητ(ῶν) ἱερεῖς· ἐκ μέρους ἐγράψαμ(εν), inc. εἰ δύναται ὁ ἱερε(ὺς) μίαν καὶ μόνην πρὸ(σ)φορὰν, des. ἔρχεται προθύμως εἰς αὐτοὺς παραχοροῦντος τοῦ θ(εο)ῦ: τέλ(ος) τοῦ κυρ(οῦ) (an ίου?) Ἰωάσαφ (Cf. Solutiones Quaestionum Georgii Drazini in http://pinakes.irht.cnrs.fr/notices/oeuvre/12623/)

6. (fols 102r-103v)

List of impediments, inc. ὁ παραβλακίζ(ων) καὶ ὁ παραθερίζ(ων)… des. ξηροφαγήτ(ω) ἡμέρας μ´.

7. (fol. 103r)

Models of Questions and Answers for the spiritual fathers, tit. ἐρώτησις πῶς δεῖ ὁ πνευματικὸς ἐρωτᾷν, inc. εἰς πόσας ἔπεσας γυναῖκας… des. ἢ ὅταν αἰσθίης ἢ καὶ πίνης.

8. (fol. 103v)

On the spiritual fathers, attributed to Basil of Caesarea, tit. τοῦ μεγάλου Βασιλείου Περὶ πν(ευματ)ικ(ῶν) π(ατέ)ρων καὶ τ(ῶν) εἰς αὐτ(οὺς) ἐξομολογουμέν(ων), inc. οἱ βουλόμ(εν)οι πν(ευματ)ικοὶ … des. ἀλλ᾽ ὡς ἱεροσύλους καὶ πονηρούς.

9. (fols 104r-105v)

Another table of Contents: Ἕτερος πίναξ τοῦ παρόντος βιβλίου μετὰ τὸ τέλος τῶν κανόν(ων) τοῦ νόμου τοῦ πρώτου πίνακος.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: ii + 111 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 135 mm.

Layout

23 lines per page.

Hand(s)

Additions: fol. 105v: various pen trials and scribblings.

Binding

Holkham binding of 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).

Spine: CANONES/GRÆCI/ M. S./ on a pasted black part: MS./HOLKHAM/Gr. 12

History

Origin: 15th c., written before 1459, anticipating mention of Easter of 1459 (fol. 30v).

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: Holk. Cat. 208 (crossed out) 264, DIB6

Old Catalogue Nrs: Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 204

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (November 2017), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

Bibliography