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MS. Holkham Gr. 51

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

Diktyon no.: 48119

Theodoret of Cyrus on the Minor Prophets


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols 1r-14v)

Interpretatio Sophoniae Prophetae, BHG 1640a, PG 81, 1837B-1859. The text omits the argumentum and starts from Λόγος Κυρίου …

2. (fols 14v-22v)

Interpretatio Aggaei Prophetae, BHG 44, PG 81, 1859–1873.

3. (fols 22v-74r)

Interpretatio Zachariae Prophetae, BHG 1880.I-1880.II, PG 81,1873–1959.

4. (fols 74v-91v)

Interpretatio Malachiae Prophetae, BHG 1014–1014a, PG 81,1960–1988.

5. (fols 92r-110v)

Interpretatio in Joelem Prophetam, BHG 940–940b, PG 81,1633–1664.

6. (fols 111r-138v)

Interpretatio in Amos Prophetam, BHG 71–71a, PG 81, 1664–1708.

7. (fols 138v-144r)

Interpretatio Abdiae Prophetae, BHG 1–1d, PG 81, 1709–1717.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: ii + 144 + ii at the end (numbered as 145–146). (Parts of) certain folios retain space for later additions, which were never filled: fols 14v, 22v, 74r, 91v, 110v, 138v.
Dimensions (leaf): 201 × 145 mm.


18 quires of 8; quire markings with Greek numerals on top of rectos continues from MS Holkham Gr. 50 (from κα onwards).


20 lines per page.


The same as in MSS. Holkham Gr. 49–50; fol. 144r (in red ink, in cruciform): + τέλος καὶ +/ τῷ θ(ε)ῶ δό/ξα ἀ/μ(ὴν).


Decorative headpiece in red ink in the beginning (fol. 1r); initials also in red ink.

Additions: Prophets’ names in hand of Morezenos? (on top of each page); Also fol. 36v: Prophet name in hand of the scribe, in red ink.


MSS Holkham Gr. 49–51 were once bound in one volume. See also Barbour, 601: ’50–51 originally one volume’. Barbour missed 49, but implies it as she gives collectively three manuscripts’ numbers and codicological details (ie MS Holkham Gr. 49–51, in the description of MS Holkham Gr. 51). 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: COMMENTARIA IN PROPHETAS GR. MS. SÆC. XV.; in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 51.


Origin: 16th c.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: fol. 1r (at the top): ἐκ τῶν μάρκ(ου) Ἱερέως τ(οῦ) μορ(ε)ζήνου; handwritten note in black ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698· Codex 61. an-/norum plus-/quam 150./ Anonymi com-/mentaria in parvos prophetas

Old Catalogue Nrs: fol. ir: (in pencil); Holk Cat. No. 129 78 CI.B15. fol. 1r (at the bottom), in brown ink): ΞΘον =Morezenos 69, Giustiniani 61; Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 78.

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

2018-09-10: Record fully revised: new description by Dimitris Skrekas.