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MS. Holkham Gr. 74

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

Diktyon no.: 48142

Nikephoros Kallistou and Ignatios Xanthopouloi, Ascetic Works


Language(s): Greek

Callistus II; Ignatios Xanthopouloi, Methodus et Regula cum Deo accuratissima (divided into 100 chapters), PG 147, 636–812:
(fols 1r-6r)

Table of Contents and brief summary of each chapter, tit. (sup lin, in red ink: τ(ῶν) ξανθοπούλ(ων):) Τὰ κατὰ μέρος τοῦ παρόντος λόγου κεφάλαια

(fols 6r-129v)

fols 7r-7v: chapter 1; fols 7v-8v: chapter 2; fols 8v-9r: chapter 3; fols 9r-9v: chapter 4; fols 9v-11v: chapter 5; fols 11v-12r: chapter 6; fols 12r-13r: chapter 7; fol. 13r: chapter 8; fols 13r-14r: chapter 9; fols 14r-15v: chapter 10; fols 15v-16r: chapter 11; fols 16r-16v: chapter 12; fols 16v-17r: ⟨chapter 13⟩; fols 17r-20r: chapter 14; fols 20r-26r: chapter 15; fols 26r-34v: chapter 16; fols 34v-36r: chapter 17; fols 36r-37r: chapter 18; fols 37r-38r: chapter 19; fols 38r-38v: chapter 20; fols 38v-39r: chapter 21; fol. 39r: chapter 22; fols 39r-40r: chapter 23; fols 40r-40v: chapter 24; fols 40v-42r: chapter 25; fols 42r-43v: chapter 26; fols 43v-44r: chapter 27; fols 44r-45r: chapter 28; fols 45v-47⟨bis(r)⟩: chapter 29; fols 47⟨bis(r)⟩-49v: chapter 30; fols 49v-50r: chapter 31; fols 50r-51v: chapter 32; fols 51v-53r: chapter 33; fols 53r-54r: chapter 34; fol. 54r: chapter 35; fols 54r-55r: chapter 36; fols 55r-57v: chapter 37; fols 57v-59v: chapter 38; fol. 59v: chapter 39; fols 59v-61r: chapter 40; fols 61r-61v: chapter 41; fols 61v-62r: chapter 42; fols 62v-65r: chapter 43; fols 65r-66r: chapter 44; fols 66r-67r: chapter 45; fols 67r-68r: chapter 46; fols 68r-68v: chapter 47; fols 68v-69r: chapter 48; fols 69r-72r: chapter 49; fols 72r-74v: chapter 50; fols 74v-75r: chapter 51; fols 75r-76r: chapter 52; fols 76r-76v: chapter 53; fols 76v-78r: chapter 54; fols 78r-78v: ⟨chapter 55⟩; fols 78v-79r: ⟨chapter 56⟩; fol. 79v: chapter 57; fols 79v-80v: chapter 58; fols 80v-81r: chapter 60; fols 81r-81v: chapter 61; fols 81v-82r: chapter 62; fol. 82r: chapter 63; fols 82r-83r: chapter 64; fols 83r-84v: chapter 65; fols 84v-85v: chapter 66; fols 85v-86r: chapter 67; fols 86v-89v: chapter 68; fols 89v-91r: chapter 69; fols 91r-93r: chapter 70; fols 93r-93v: chapter 71; fols 93v-94v: chapter 72; fols 94v-97r: chapter 73; fols 97r-98v: chapter 74; fols 98v-99r: chapter 75; fols 99r-101r: chapter 76; fols 101r-102r: chapter 77; fols 102r-102v: chapter 78; fols 102v-103r: chapter 79; fols 103r-104v: chapter 80; fols 104v-106r: chapter 81; fols 106r-106v: chapter 82; fols 106v-107r: chapter 83; fols 107r-107v: chapter 84; fols 107v-110r: chapter 85; fols 110r-112r: chapter 86; fols 112v-113r: chapter 87; fol. 113r: chapter 88; fols 113r-113v: chapter 89; fols 113v-116r: chapter 90; fols 116r-117r: chapter 91; fols 117r-121v: chapter 92; fols 121v-122v: chapter 93; fols 122v-123r: chapter 94; fols 123r-125v: chapter 95; fols 125v-126r: chapter 96; fols 126r-126v: chapter 97; fols 126v-127r: chapter 98; fols 127r-128r: chapter 99; fols 128r-129v: chapter 100.

2. (fols 130r-131r)

tit. ἀπὸ τοῦ πιττακίου τῶν ἁγίων καὶ μακαρί(ων) π(ατέ)ρων ἡμῶν τοῦ πρὸς τὸν κ(ύριο)ν ἰωάσαφ τὸν ἔγκλειστον καὶ ἡσυχαστὸν (an ὴν?) ἐν παλαιστίνῃ, ἐν τῇ μονῇ τοῦ ἁγίου σάβα. Inc. Ἐβουλόμεθα μὲν οὖν καὶ αἰσθητοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς θεάσασθαί σε … des. τὸν ἐν ἡμῖν τῶν παθῶν βόρβορον, καὶ τοῦ μεγάλου ἐλέους τοῦ θεοῦ ἀξιωθείημεν εὐχαῖς ἁγίων ἀμήν.

3. (fols 131r-133r)

tit. τῶν αὐτῶν τῶν ἁγίων καὶ μακαρίων π(ατέ)ρων ἡμῶν. inc. Πρῶτον πάντων ἄρχεται εἰς τὸ σῶμα τοῦ ἀγονιζομένου … des. τοσοῦτον ἔτι βλέπει μείζονα τούτων καθὼς ἐν αὐτῷ χαρίσαιτο τὸ πανάγιον πν(εῦμ)α, ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν. Ed. A. Rigo, ‘La lettera di Callisto e Ignazio Xanthopouloi a Ioasaph, recluso ed esicasta presso il monastero di San Saba’ in eds G. Strano and Cr. Torre, ἀνατολὴ καὶ δύσις Studi in memoria di Filippo Burgarella, Rome, 2020, p. 366.

4. (fols 131r-133r)

Tit. τῶν αὐτῶν ἁγίων καὶ μακαρίων π(ατέ)ρων ἡμῶν. inc. Πρῶτον πάντων ἄρχεται εἰς τὸ σῶμα … des. τοσοῦτον ἔτι βλέπει μείζονα τούτων καθὼς ἐν αὐτῷ χαρίσαιτο τὸ πανάγιον πν(εῦμ)α, ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper.
Extent: ii + 133 ( 1 unfoliated fol. after fol. 47= fol. 47bis) + ii foliated as 134 and 135.
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 145 mm.


16 × 8 (127), 1 × 6 (133)


20 lines per page


Same hand as in MSS Holkham Gr. 68, Holkham Gr. 69 and Holkham Gr. 78.


Small decorative headpiece in the beginning in red ink fol. 1r.

Additions: fol. 133r: δόξα τῷ παναγάθῳ θ(ε)


Typical Holkham binding of black 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: / XANTHOPULORUM VARIA OPERA SPIRITUALIA/ GR.–//M.S./ SÆC. XV. / in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLKHAM/ Gr. /74.


Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership Notes: 1st paste down on the verso (in the centre, in pencil): MS. Holkham Gr. 74; fol. ir: (in pencil); Holk Cat. No. 116 (subscr. 112) DIA8; Old Catalogue Nrs: Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 112 fol. 1(r) (top right in grey ink, handwritten note in brown ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698· Codex/ num 55· Xantho-/pulorum varia opera/Spiritualia. Codex annorum/plus quam 200. (= Giustiniani 55). (Bottom, centre): Οςον = Morezenos 76.

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

2020-02-27: New description by D. Skrekas.