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MS. Holkham Gr. 46

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

Diktyon no.: 48114

Cyril of Alexandria, Thesaurus de sancta et consubstantiali trinitate


Language(s): Greek with additions in Latin, fol. iii

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii + 412 leaves + ii (numbered as 413 and 414 ult)
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 150 mm.


Quires of 8, quire marks survived at the bottom of the beginning of some quaternions (e.g. α, β, δ etc).


20 lines per page.


Possibly one scribe, who occasionally changed ink and pen. See e.g. fols 1r-3r.


Fol. 1r: decorative head-piece in red carmine ink, above of which another cruciform flower with initials ΙΣ ΧΣ on two sides. Red initials quite often throughout the text.

Additions: fol. iiir: Texts in Latin; tit. Conlusiones. Extensively annotated by several hands, including I. Morezenos.


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). The spine lettered in gilt: CYRILLI/ THESAURUS/ GR.–M. S./ SÆC. XV./ in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 46


Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. 1r (at the top): handwritten note in black ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698· Cod. num. 68. Cyril Alex. (The text has been trimmed in the binding process, as in MS Holkham Gr. 45) /Thesauri. Cod. annorum circ. 150.

Old Catalogue Nrs: fol. ir: (in pencil); Holk Cat. No. 71 73 CI.B3; fol. 1r (at the bottom, in grey ink): ΙΘον = Morezenos 19, Giustiniani 68, Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 73

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (September 2018), 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

2018-09-07: Record fully revised: new description by Dimitris Skrekas.