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MS. Holkham Gr. 17

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

Diktyon no.: 48085

Menologion for November


Language(s): Greek

Menologion from November 14 to November 31
1. (fols 1r-6v)
Hypomnema on St Philip the Apostle,

14 November; BHG 1527; tit. Ὑπόμνημ(α) εἰς τ(ὸν) ἅγιον ἀπ(όστολον) Φίλιππον.

2. (fols 6v-27r)
Passio of Sts Samonas, Gourias and Abibus,

15 November; BHG 736-738; tit. Μαρτύριον τῶν ἁγίων ὁμολογητῶν Σαμωνᾶ, Γουρία καὶ Ἀβίβου.

3. (fols 27r-30r)
Hypomnema on St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist,

16 November; BHG 1226; tit. Ὑπόμνημ(α) εἰς τὸν ἅγιον ἀπόστολον καὶ εὐαγγελιστὴν Ματθαῖον.

4. (fols 30v-38v)
Passio of St Plato,

18 November; BHG 1551-1552; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μεγαλομάρτυρος Πλάτωνος.

5. (fols 38v-47r)
Life of St Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium,

20 November; BHG 72; tit. Βίος καὶ πο(λιτεία) τοῦ ὁσίου π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Ἀμφιλοχίου ἐπισκόπου Ἰκονίου.

6. (fols 47r-93v)
Life of St Gregory of Agrigentum,

23 November; BHG 708; tit. Βίος καὶ πο(λιτεία) τοῦ ὁσίου π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Γρηγορίου ἐπισκόπου Ἀκραγάντου.

7. (fols 93v-108r)
Passio of St Catherine,

24 November; BHG 32; tit. Μαρτύριον τῆς ἁγίας καὶ καλλινίκου μ(ε)γ(αλο)μ(ά)ρ(τυρος) τοῦ Χ(ριστ)οῦ Αἰκατερίν(ης).

8. (fols 108v-176r)
Life of St Clemens,

25 November; BHG 345-347; tit. Βίος τοῦ ἁγίου ἱερομ(ά)ρτ(υρος) Κλήμεντος ἐπισκόπου Ῥώμης, μαθητοῦ τοῦ ἁγίου ἀποστόλου Πέτρου.

9. (fols 176v-187v)
Passio of St Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria,

25 November; BHG 1503; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου ἱερομ(ά)ρτ(υρος) καὶ ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἀλεξανδρείας Πέτρου.

10. (fols 187v-199v)
Passio of St Mercurius,

26 November; BHG 1276; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μεγαλομ(ά)ρτ(υρος) Μερκουρίου.

11. (fols 199v-214v)
Life of St Alypius,

26 November; BHG 64; tit. Βίος καὶ πολιτεία τοῦ ὁσίου π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν Ἁλυπ(ίου).

12. (fols 215r-225r)
Passio of St Jacob the Persian,

27 November; BHG 773; tit. Μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου Ἰακώβου τοῦ Πέρσου.

13. (fols 225r-272v)
Life of St Stephen the Younger,

28 November; BHG 1667; tit. Βίος καὶ πο(λιτεία) τοῦ ὁσίου π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμῶν καὶ ὁμολογ(ητοῦ) Στεφάνου τοῦ νέου.

14. (fols 275r-287v)
Hypomnema on St Andrew the Apostle,

30 November; BHG 101; tit. Ὑπόμν(η)μ(α) εἰς τὸν ἅγιον τοῦ Χ(ριστ)οῦ ἀπό(στολον) Ἀνδρέ(αν) τὸν πρωτόκλητον. des. mutil. ἐξ Ἐφεσίων αὐτῶν.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 289.
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 240 mm.


35 x 8 (280) 7 (8-1: 1) 287.


Lake II, 24b, written in two columns; 28 lines per column.


Decorative head-pieces preceding each Vita. See Hutter III, 1, p. 99.


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: lettered in gilt: SYMEONIS| METAPHRASTAE|VITAE ET MORES| S.S. MARTYRUM| G.R.| M.S.| SAEC. XII|–| MAIUS|


Origin: 11th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Old Catalogue Nrs: Morezenos 31. Giustiniani 7. Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 89.IV

Ownership Notes: fol. 1r: a note written in Montfaucon’s hand: 1698. Codex num. 7 mensis maius vitarum Metaphrastes, annorum plus quam 600; fol. 272v: ἐκ τῶν Ἰω(ά)ννου ἱερέως τοῦ Μορεζήνου

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.


Last Substantive Revision

2018-08-14: Record fully revised according to new description by Dimitris Skrekas