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MS. Holkham Gr. 60

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

Diktyon no.: 48128

Chronicles by George the monk and Symeon Magister the Logothetes


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols 1a-21r)
Georgios the Monk, Chronicle

Tit. in red carmine ink in Auszeichnungsmajuskel + Γεωργίου Οἰκουμενικοῦ Διδασκάλου+, ed. C. de Boor, Georgii monachi chronicon, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1904, pp. 1–43.

2. (fols 21v-149r)
Symeon Magister and Logothetes, Chronicon

From the beginning to the Reign of Augustus, up to ch. 50.9. (in red ink, tit. Εἰς τὴν κοσμωποιΐαν ἐκ τῆς γενέσεως καὶ χρονικὸν ἐφεξῆς, συλλέγειν παρα συμεὼν μαγίστρου καὶ λογοθέτου· ἐκ διἀφόρων χρονικῶν τε καὶ εἱστοριῶν des. ὡς γέλωτος ἄξιον, ed. S. Wahlgren, Symeonis magistri et logothetae chronicon, Berlin, 2006 pp. 5–81.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment (except for fols. i-ii, 150, 151, paper).
Extent: : ii + 151 (1a-149 parchment leaves, with fols 1, 124 being counted twice as 1a, 1b, 124a and 124b) + ii at the end (as fols 150, 151 (ult.)
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 190 mm.


8 (+ 1a, 1b: 7); 10 × 8 (87); 7 (8–1, 1 folio is missing before fol. 94 with lacuna in the text); 8 (102); 3 (4–1, 1 folio is missing before fol. 106 with lacuna in the text, 105); 5 × 8 (+ 124a, 124b: 144); 5 (149).


Two columns, 30 lines each; Lake II, 19b


Νικηφόρος, d. 1118, RGK I, 305, whose colophon, being a combination of a book epigram in iambic dodecasyllable and a prose part with the year and date of completion, is given on fol. 149r: Χ(ριστ)ὲ ὁ πλάσας καμὲ ὡς ἠβουλήθης σοὶ σ(ῶτ)ερ δίδου τοῖς ἐμοῖς πόνοις χάριν. ἐτελειώθη τὸ παρὸν βιβλίον χειρὶ Νικηφόρου εὐτελοῦς μηνὶ μαρτίῳ α´ ἰνδ(ικτιῶνος) ια´ ἐν ἔτει ιςχκς´. http://www.dbbe.ugent.be/occ/3088


fols 1r, 21v, 95r, 125v. Decorative head-pieces in carmine red ink.


fol. 149r: Εἰς των κερ(ὸν) τοῦ δα(υῒ)δ τρεῖς ἐτελεύτησ(αν)/άντριὁμ(έν)η νεβὸθ καὶ γολιὰθ καὶ σαοὺλ.

fol. 149v: Vocabulary with words translated into the vernacular: |ὁρμος καὶ συρὰ ἡ κολαΐνα: ὁρμίσκος τὸ δακτιλ |ὁλοἔχειρος ὁ κατζόχειρος· ὁλωστένη ἡ γελ |στα ἅμμος τὸ κορτάρι και ἡ αε ψ |ὅλβος ὁ πλοῦτος ὁλην πὴλασὺ τα κατασκοτ |ὅλαξ τὸ ἀβλάκη. Δωπηκι του κυ και δεσπότου |ὅλη ρα ἡ τραγὴ


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: / GEORGII/ OECOMENICI/ ET// SIMEONIS/ MAGISTRI/ CHRONICA/ GR.–/ M.S./ AD. MCXVIII./; in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. 60/


Origin: 1118; additions, 15th c.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes:

fol. 1r: ἐκ τῶν μάρκου μορεζήνου ἱερέως;

fol. 149r: Ἰω(άννης) Βαρθωλομέος: ἀπὸ τὴν τίνο·

+ υγόρασα το βηβλήον οὖτον ἀπο τὸν π(α)π(ᾶν) κυρ(ὸν) Ἰω(άννην) ἀπὸ τὸ σουρίαι. ὁ θ(εὸ)ς συχωρίσιτον.

+ Οὗτος ὁ βίβλος ἐστὶν ἀμαρτόλου ἱἐρέος· μάρκου συγκέλου· κ(αὶ) ὡστις τόχεν (τύχεν Hutter) κλέψουν να ἔχει τὰς ἀρὰς τῶν ἁγίων π(ατέ)ρων· καὶ των ἑπτὰ συνόδων (in marg. sec. manu καὶ των ἑπτὰ συνόδων).

Old Catalogue Nrs: 1st paste down (in the centre, in pencil): MS. Holkham Gr. 60; fol. i(r), in pencil: No 283^295\6/ ^ D3 B10\D 2B11/; fol. 1r: handwritten note in black ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698· Cod. num. 22. Scriptus| anno 1118· Georgii Oecumenici| et Simeones Magistri Chronica.; (on the bottom): Μ ον= Morezenos 40; Giustiniani 22; Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 296

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (2019), 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

2019-08-13: New description by Skrekas