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MS. Holkham Gr. 14

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

Diktyon no.: 48082

Manuel Malaxos, Nomocanon in vernacular Greek

Contents

Language(s): contemporary Greek

1. (fol. 1r)

Preface to the work, dated 1562, tit. Τοῖς ἀπανταχοῦ εὐρισκομένοις… inc. Θησαυρὸς κεκρυμμένος … des. ᾳφξβ´

2. (fols 1v-16v)

Table of contents, tit. Πιναξ του παρόντος νομίμο

3. (fols 17r-175v)
Manuel Malaxos, Nomocanon

Divided into 496 chapters. Cf. D. Gkinis–N. Pantazopoulos (eds), Νομοκάνων Μανουὴλ νοταρίου τοῦ Μαλαξοῦ τοῦ ἐκ Ναυπλίου τῆς Πελοποννήσου μετενεχθεὶς εἰς λέξην ἁπλῆν διὰ τὴν τῶν πολλῶν ὀφέλειαν, Νόμος, 1 (1985).

4. (fols 176r-180r)
Gratianos, priest of Crete, Lament of the Theotokos

Tit. θρήνος τῆς ὑπεραγί(ας) Θ(εοτό)κου· ποίημα ἱερέως γρατιανοῦ ἐκ νήσου κρὶτις· τῶ ἁγί(ῳ) κ(αὶ) μεγὰλω σαβὰτω, inc. Παρισταμένη τῶ στ(αυ)ρῶ … des. ἐλπῆς χριστανῶν ὑπὰρχεις παναγὶα· καὶ σὲ δοξὰζομ(εν) ἀγνὴ, εἰς πὰντας τοὺς αἰώνας. (pasted later) See M. Ι. Manousakas., Ἑλληνικὰ ποιήματα γιὰ τὴ σταύρωση τοῦ Χριστοῦ: Mélanges offerts à Octave et Melpo Merlier à l’occasion du 25e anniversaire de leur arrivée en Grèce 2, Athens 1956, pp. 49-74; cf. Wim F. Bakker ed., Θρῆνος τῆς Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου λεγόμενος τῇ Ἁγίᾳ καὶ Μεγάλῃ Παρασκευῇ, ΜΙΕΤ, Athens 2005. Bakker did not make use of MS Holkham gr. 14.

5. (fols 180r-181r)

List with names of monks in alphabetical order, tit. + αἱ τῶν μοναχὼν ὁνομασίαι καταστοιχεῖον

6. (fols 181r-181v)

List with names of nuns in alphabetical order, tit. τῶν γυναικῶν

7. (fol. 181v)

Brief prayer of absolution, inc. ἔτι ἀπολύσω σε … des. καὶ τῆς ἐμῆς ἀναξιότητος, εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ πατρός … ἀμήν.

8. (fols 181v-182r)

Tit. Διδασκαλία χρονικὴ τοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις πατρὸς ἡμῶν ἀναστασίου σινὰ ὄρους ἐκ τοῦ τυπικοῦ εἰς κεφάλαιον πβν, inc. (ἀ)πο μὲν τῆς μεγάλης ἡμέρας τοῦ Ἁγίου Πάσχα … des. ὁμοίως καὶ ἰχθύων.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Fols 1-2 worm-eaten with repaired margins.
Extent: ii + 185 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 203 × 155 mm.

Layout

20 ruled lines per page.

Hand(s)

The main part of the MS has been copied by the Hieromonks Ignatios and Metrophanes Koimenos Stakteas between 1562 and 1629: fol. 175v: Ὅσοι πιάσετε τὸ παρ(ὸν) νομοκάνονον νὰ τὸ διαβά|ζεται, μὴ μέμφεσθαι τὰ σφάλματά μου| διότις τὸ ἀντιβόλαι(ε)ον ὁποῦ τὸ μετάγρα|ψα ἤτον κακοῦ γραφέως· καὶ διατοῦτο| μετα βίας ἠδυνήθην τοῦ γράψαι τὸ παρὸν| ὡς ἄνωθεν· δέομαι μέμνησθαί μου: -|

in cryptogram (in red ink):

Χεὶρ ἰγνατίου ἱερομονάχχου

Χεὶρ ἱερομονάχου μητροφάνους

Additions: Various annotations and additions from several hands throughout. Various pen trials.

Binding

Typical 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: RATIONALE/MONASTICUM/ G. R./ on a pasted black part: MS./HOLKHAM/Gr. 14

History

Origin: between 1562 and 1629

Provenance and Acquisition

fol. 175v: monokondylon: Φιλόθεος ἱερομόναχος, Πρωτοσύγκελλος Ἀλεξανδρείας. τῶ παρὸν κανονοικῶν ἔλαβα πά|ρα τὶνὸς ἀντωνίου, ὃς ἀδελφὸς καὶ| κλίρονόμος τοῦ ἁδελφοῦ τοῦ μ(ητρο)|φάνους ἰεῥομονάχου κιμένου το| ἐπίκλιν στάκτέας, ἐκ νήσου κρήτης·| ἰερἀπέτρου ὅν ἐδορίσατὸ μει εἰς| μόσυνον| αὐτῶν| φιλόθεος, Ἰερομόναχος τῶ ἄνοθ(εν)·|αχκθ΄

fol. iir: Th. Will. Coke Holk Cat No 32 (corrected to 31). CIA5

fol. iv Comments by William Roscoe, R.P. and C.W.J.

fol. 1r: No 25.

Old Catalogue Nrs: Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 31

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.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (images from 35mm. slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.