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MS. Holkham Gr. 15

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

Diktyon no.: 48083

Menologion for the month of September; Crete (?), 11th century, second half (with additions 14th-15th century)

Contents

Language(s): Greek

Menologion for September
1. (fols 1r-6r)
Life of St Theodora of Alexandria,

1 September; BHG 1727; tit. Βίος καὶ πολιτ⟨ε⟩ία τῆς ὁσ(ίας) μ(ητ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Θεοδώρας, fol. 1r: image of St Theodora and above Σεπτέμβριος.

2. (fols 7r-25r)
Life of St Symeon the Stylite,

1 September; BHG 1686-1687; tit. Βίος καὶ πολιτεία τοῦ ὁσίου καὶ θεοφόρου πατρὸς ἡμῶν Συμεὼν τοῦ στηλίτου.

3. (fols 25r-32r)
Passio of St Mamas,

2 September; BHG 1019a; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μ(ά)ρ(τυρος) Μάμαντος.

4. (fols 32r-36v)
Passio of St Anthimos,

3 September; BHG 135; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μ(ά)ρ(τυρος) Ἀνθήμου.

5. (fols 37r-42v)
Passio of St Babylas, bishop of Antiocheia, and of the three children,

4 September; BHG 206; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου ἱερομάρτυρος Βαβύλα ἐπισκόπου Ἀντιοχείας καὶ τῶν τριῶν παίδων.

6. (fols 42v-47v)
Narration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Chonae (in Colossae),

6 September; BHG 1284; tit. Διήγησις περὶ τοῦ γενομένου θαύματος παρὰ τοῦ ἀρχιστρατήγου Μιχαὴλ ἐν Χώναις.

7. (fols 47v-52v)
Passio of Sts Eudoxios, Romulos, Zenon and Makarios,

6, 7 September; BHG 1604; tit. Μαρτύριον τῶν ἁγίων μαρτύρων Εὐδοξίου, Ῥωμύλου, Ζήνωνος καὶ Μακαρίου.

8. (fols 52v-55r)
Passio of St Sozon,

7 September; BHG 1644; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μάρτυρος Σώζοντος.

9. (fols 55-60v)
Passio of St Severianos,

9 September; BHG 1627; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μάρτυρος Σευηριανοῦ.

10. (fols 60v-66r)
Passio of Sts Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora,

10 September; BHG 1273; tit. Μαρτύριον τῶν ἁγίων μαρτύρων γυναικῶν Μηνοδώρας, Μητροδώρας καὶ Νυμφοδώρας.

11. (fols 66r-76v)
Life of St Theodora in Alexandria,

11 September; BHG 1730; tit. Βίος καὶ πολιτεία τῆς ὁσίας Θεοδώρας τῆς ἐν Ἀλεξανδρείᾳ.

12. (fols 76v-79v)
Passio of St Autonomus,

12 September; BHG 198; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου ἱερομάρτυρος Αὐτονόμου.

13. (fols 79v-87r)
Passio of St Cornelius the centurion

September 13; BHG 371; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου καὶ ἐνδόξου μεγαλομάρτυρος Κορνηλίου τοῦ ἐκατοντάρχου.

14. (fols 87r-90r)
Passio of St Nicetas,

15 September; BHG 1340; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μ(ε)γ(αλο)μ(ά)ρ(τυ)ρ(ος) Νικήτα.

15. (fols 90r-98v)
Passio of St Euphemia,

16 September; BHG 620; tit. Μαρτύριον τῆς ἁγίας μάρτυρος Εὐφημίας.

16. (fols 98v-106r)
Passio of Sts Sophia, Piste, Elpis and Agape,

17 September; BHG 1638; tit. Μαρτύριον τῶν ἁγίων γυναικῶν Σοφίας, Πίστεως, Ἐλπίδος καὶ Ἀγάπης.

17. (fols 106r-113r)
Passio of Sts Trophimus, Sabbatius and Dorymedon,

19 September; BHG 1854; tit. Μαρτύριον τῶν ἁγίων μαρτύρων Τροφήμου, Σαββατίου καὶ Δορυμέδοντος.

18. (fols 113-130v)
Passio of St Eustathius and his companion,

20 September; BHG 642; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μ(ε)γ(αλο)μ(ά)ρ(τυ)ρ(ος) Εὐσταθίου καὶ τῆς συνοδίας αὐτοῦ.

19. (fols 130v-134r)
⟨Asterios of Amaseia⟩, Passio of St Phokas,

22 September; BHG 1539-1540; CPG 3260.hom. ix; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μάρτυρος Φωκᾶ.

20. (fols 134r-144v)
Passio of St Thecla,

24 September; BHG 1719; tit. Μαρτύριον τῆς ἁγίας καὶ ἐνδόξου πρωτομάρτυρος καὶ ἀρχιδιακόνου Θέκλης.

21. (fols 145r–152r)
Life of St Euphrosyne who has been renamed Smaragdos,

25 September; BHG 626; tit. Βίος καὶ πολιτεία τῆς ὁσίας Εὐφροσύνης τῆς μετονομασθείσης Σμαράγδου.

22. (fols 152r-161r)
⟨Symeon Metaphrastes⟩, Hypomnema on St John the Evangelist,

26 September; BHG 919; tit. Ὑπόμνημα εἰς τὸν ἅγιον Ἰω(άννην) τὸν Εὐαγγελιστὴν καὶ Θεολόγον.

23. (fols 161r-168r)
Passio of St Kallistratos and his companion,

27 September; BHG 291; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου Καλλιστράτου καὶ τῆς συνοδίας αὐτοῦ.

24. (fols 168v-176r)
Life and Passio of St Chariton ,

28 September; BHG 301; tit. Βίος καὶ μαρτύριον τοῦ ὁσίου π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Χαρίτωνος τοῦ ὁμολογητοῦ καὶ καθηγητοῦ τῆς ἐρήμου.

25. (fols 176r-184v)
Life of St Cyriacus,

29 September; BHG 464; tit. Βίος τοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Κυριακοῦ τοῦ ἀναχωρητοῦ.

26. (fols 184v-202v)
Life of St Gregory of Armenia,

30 September; BHG 713; tit. ⟨Βίος καὶ πολιτεία καὶ μαρτύριον⟩ τοῦ ἁγίου Γρηγορίου τῆς μεγάλης Ἀρμενίας. Inc. ⟨Τ⟩ῆς τῶν Περσῶν ἀρχῆς.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment (fols 8r-180v) and paper (fols 1r-7r, 181r-202v)
Extent: ii + 204
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 250 mm.

Layout

Lake II, 34c; written in two columns, 33 lines per column.

Decoration

fol. 1, Sketch with an image of St Theodora. Various decorated headpieces preceding each Vita. See Hutter III.1, pp. 59-60.

Additions: fol. 55r: ζήτει εἰς τὰς ὀκτὼ τοῦ μηνὸς εἰς τὴν ἀρχὴν τοῦ βιβλήου ἀναγνώσματα δ(ύ)ο/ εἰς τὸ σωσίκοσμ(ον) γενέθλον τῆς ὑπερ(αγίας) ἀμώμου δεσποίνης/ ἡμῶν Θεοτόκου· Ἀνδρέου κρίτης τοῦ ἱεροσολυμίτου : -

Binding

Holkham binding of black 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: lettered in gilt: SYMEONIS| METAPHRASTAE|VITAE| S.S. MARTYRUM| G.R.| M.S.| SAEC. XII|–| SEP.|

History

Origin: 11th century, second half (except for fols 1r-7r, 181r-end, added 14th-15th century) ; Crete (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. 1, a note written in Montfaucon’s hand: 1698. Codex 8, mensis September Metaphrastae annorum plus quam 600.

fol. 113r: ἐκ τῶν Ἰω(άν)νου ἱερέως τοῦ Μορεζήνου βίβ(λων).

Old Catalogue Nrs: Morezenos fol. 1r. ΚΗον, 28 . Giustiniani 8. Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 89. II.

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (2017-18), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

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