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MS. Holkham Gr. 61

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

Diktyon no.: 48129

Georgios the monk, Chronicle, Books II-V.


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols iiir-xviv)

Table of Contents, tit. Ἀρχὴ τοῦ χρονικοῦ βιβλίου γεωργίου μοναχοῦ: ~

2. (fols 1r-139av)
Georgios the monk, Chronicon,

tit. Ἀρχὴ τοῦ χρονικοῦ βιβλίου:~ γεωργ(ίου) μοναχοῦ :- inc. Ἀδὰμ τοίνυν κατὰ τὸν σοφώτατον καὶ θεῖον ὑποφήτην μωϋσὴν (cf. ed. S. Wahlgren, Symeonis magistri et logothetae chronicon, Berlin, 2006, pp. 25.12 onwards; E. de Muralt (ed). Georgii monachi, dicti Hamartoli, Chronicon ab orbe condito ad annum p. chr. 842 et a diversis scriptoribus usq. ad ann. 1143 continuatum. St. Petersburg, 1859, pp. 31 onwards) … des. διὰ μησοτέκνου ὁρνέου τρέφεσθαι. Cf. PG 110. 309B; ed. C. de Boor, Georgii monachi chronicon, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1904, p. 255. 12.)

3. (fols 139br-411v)

tit. Ἀρχὴ τῆς ᾽Ρωμαίων βασιλείας: - α:- inc. Μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα βασιλεύσας Ἰούλιος Καῖσαρ (cf. ed. C. de Boor, Georgii monachi chronicon, vol. 1, Leipzig, 1904, p. 293.10 onwards; PG 110. 349) … des. ἐν τῷ παλατίῳ ἀνήγαγον. (cf. PG 110. 1185B; ed. S. Wahlgren, Symeonis magistri et logothetae chronicon, Berlin, 2006, p. 339; ed. I. Bekker, Theophanes Continuatus, Ioannes Cameniata, Symeon Magister, Georgius Monachus, Bonn, 1838, p. 749.11

(fols 168r-168v)

Additional pasted leaf with various notes and patristic extracts (John Chrysostom, Basil of Caeserea) in the hand of J. Morezenos on spiritual issues, such as confession and absolution of sins. Tit. Καὶ ὅσα ἂν δήσητ(ε) ἐπὶ τῆς γ(ῆς), ἔσται δεδεμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, καὶ ὅσα ἐὰν λύσητ(ε) ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ἔσται λελυμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς. (Cf. Matthew 18: 18), inc. Ἔνστασις. ὅτι λέγουσι τὸν Θ(εὸ)ν τὴν ἐξουσίαν … des. ταύτην συνεχῆ μελέτη(ν). The leaf contains also some mathematical calculations and a few notes possibly in Italian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: xvi + 425 leaves (fols 139, 200, 300 have been in 2 parts each; fol. 22 has been omitted).
Dimensions (leaf): 207 × 147 mm.


ca. 30 lines per page.


Decorative head-pieces in red ink indicating beginning of certain chapters and book divisions: fols. vi(r), 139b(r), 224r, 241r

Additions: Annotations by J. Morezenos, especially in the beginning of the volume.


Typical Holkham binding of light 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 MONACHI| CHRONICA| GR.–|SÆC. XV|; in pasted black leather: MS. |HOLKHAM| Gr. 61|


Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

fol. iiir: + ἐκ τῶν μάρκ(ου) μορζήνου τοῦ κρητὸς καὶ θύτου.

Old Catalogue Nrs: 1st paste down in its verso (in the centre, in pencil): MS. Holkham Gr. 61; fol. i(r), in pencil: Holk. Cat. No 104 \296\5// D2B11 D3b10; fol. iii(r) (right margin): handwritten note in brown ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698· Codex| 62. num.| Georgii| Monachi ab| Adamo ad| Romanum \Diogenem/ |Imperatorem |annorum |circ. 140; (top margin right): ΜΓον= Morezenos 43, Giustiniani 62. Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 295

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

2019-10-08: New description by Skrekas.