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MS. Holkham Gr. 80

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

Diktyon no.: 48148

Works by Michael Apostoles

Contents

Language(s): Greek

1. (fols iir-iiiv)

Notes in hand of William Roscoe: i) fol. ii recto-ii verso: Table of contents; ii) fols. ii verso-iii verso: Text about Michael Apostoles.

2. (fols 1r-1v)

Table of Contents which contains items from MS Holkham Gr. 80 (items i-vii) and MS Holkham Gr. 76 (items viii-xi) as well as other items (xii onwards). The full list:

Πίναξ τοῦ παρόντος βιβλίου

  • i. μιχαὴλ ἀποστόλ´ τοῦ βιζαντίου, πρὸς τὰς ὑπὲρ ἀριστοτέλους περὶ οὐσί(ας) κατὰ πλάθονος θεωδόρου τοῦ Γαζῆ ἀντίληψις.
  • ii. τοῦ αὐτοῦ διάλογος. μενέξενος. ἢ περὶ τριάδ(ος)
  • iii. τοῦ αὐτοῦ λόγος Συμβουλευτικὸς πρὸς τὸν ἑαυτοῦ κηδεστὶν, ὃ εἰς δευτέρους ἀφίκετο Γάμους.
  • iv. τοῦ αὐτοῦ προφώνημα εἰς τὸν αὐτοκράτωρα κωνσταντίνον, τ(ὸν) παλαιολόγων, ἐν τῳ αὐτω δὲ καὶ ὁμολογία τῆς αὐτοῦ πίστεως ὑποπτευομ(ένη).
  • v. τοῦ αὐτοῦ προσφώνημα εἰς τὸν αὐτοῦ διδάσκαλον ἰωάννην τὸν ἀργυρόπουλον, ὅτε ἤρξατο διδάσκ(ειν) ἐν τω τοῦ ξενῶνος μουσεῖ(ο)ν ...
  • vi. τοῦ αὐτοῦ εὐχὴ τριαδικὴ εἰς μετάληψιν
  • vii. τοῦ αὐτοῦ ἐπιστολαὶ με.
  • viii. Ἐπιτάφιος Γεωργίου τοῦ Γεμηστοῦ ἐπὶ τῆ κυρία κλεόπη γυνὴ τοῦ ἡγεμόνος κυροῦ Θεωδώρου, ἐν ὧ καὶ περὶ ψυχῆς
  • ix. Ἰσοκράτους ἑλένης ἐγκόμιον
  • x. περὶ πίστεως. ὅσα δὲ πιστεύωμ(εν) οἱ χριστιανοί
  • xi. περὶ τοῦ κατάράτου μωάμεθ.
  • xii. βίος καὶ πολιτεία τοῦ ἁγίου φιλαρέτου τοῦ ἐλεΐμονος
  • xiii. πράξεις ματθεῖα καὶ ἀνδρέου ἐν τῇ χώρα τῶν ἀν(θρωπ)οφάγων
  • xiv. μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου μάρτυρος νικηφόρου
  • xv. βίος καὶ πολητεία τῆς ὁσί(ας) μ(ητ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμ(ῶν) πελαγίας
  • xvi. μαρτύριον τῆς ἁγίας αἰκατερήν(ης)
  • xvii. Ἐγκόμι(ον) τῶν ἁγίων μεγάλων τριῶν ἀρχιερέων Βασιλείου τοῦ μεγάλου· Γρηγορίου τοῦ Θεολόγου· καὶ Ἰω(ά)ννου τοῦ Χρυσοστόμου.
  • xviii. Εἰς τὴν εὕρεσιν τῆς τιμίας κεφαλῆς τοῦ προδρώμου·
  • xix. Νεκταρίου πατριάρχου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως εἰς τὸ α´ σάββατον τῆς ἁγίας τεσσα(ρα)κοστῆς περὶ νηστείας καὶ εἰς τὸν μέγαν Θεώδωρον
  • xx. τοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις πατρὸς ἡμῶν ἀμφιλογίου λόγος περὶ νηστεί(ας) καὶ ἐλεϊμωσύνης
  • xxi. τοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις πατρὸς ἡμῶν ἀνδρέου ἀρχιεπισκόπου κρήτης. λόγος, εἰς τὸν εὐαγγελισμὸν τῆς ὑπεραγίας δεσποίνης ἡμῶν θ(εοτό)κου
  • xxii. Διονησίου ἀληκαρνασέως περὶ διαιρέσεως ὀνομάτων
  • xxiii. Βίος τοῦ ὁσίου π(ατ)ρ(ὸ)ς ἡμ(ῶν) Συμεὼν τοῦ στηλήτου·
  • xxiv. Νόνου μεταβολὴ, εἰς τὸ κ(α)τ(ὰ) ἰω(άνν)ην εὐαγγέλιον
  • xxv. περὶ τοῦ οἴκου σωλομῶντος καὶ τῆς ἁγίας συὼν·
  • xxvi. Μονοδία Ἰω(ά)ννου ἰέρέως τοῦ συμεῶνα, εἰς τὸν θάνατον τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ
See also M. Fassino, La tradizione manoscritta dell’«Encomio di Elena» e del «Plataico» di Isocrate, (Università della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia 284), Milan, 2012, p. 96, fn. 354.

3. (fols 2r-9v)
Michael Apostoles, Ad Theodori Gazae pro Aristotele de substantia adversus Plethonem obiectiones

Text as in ed. E. J. Powell, ‘Michael Apostolios gegen Theodoros Gaza’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 38, no. 1 (1938) 72–86. For a newer ed. but with differences from our MS, see L. Mohler, 'Aus Bessarions Gelehrtenkreis : Abhandlungen, Reden, Briefe von Bessarion, Theodoros Gazes, Michael Apostolios, Andronikos Kallistos, Georgios Trapezuntinos, Niccolò Perotti, Niccolò Capranica' in Kardinal Bessarion als Theologe, Humanist und Staatsmann. Funde und Forschungen Band 3. Paderborn (1942), pp. 161–169. MS Holkham Gr. 80 omits 1.1–27.

4. (fols 10r-13v)
Michael Apostoles, Dialogus Menexenus seu de Trinitate

Ed. R. Stefec, ‘Drei theologische Werke des Michael Apostoles’, Byzantion 85 (2015) 409–413.

5. (fols 13v-16r)
Michael Apostoles, Sermo ad socerum

Ed. R. Stefec, ‘Michael Apostoles, Rede an den Schwiegervater’, Römische Historische Mitteilungen 51 (2009) 144–147.

6. (fols 16r-18v)
Michael Apostoles, Prosphonemata ad imperatorem Constantinum Palaeologum, prosphonema 2

Ed. Sp. Lampros, Παλαιολόγεια καὶ Πελοποννησιακά, 4 (1930) 83–87.

7. ( fols 18v-20v)
Michael Apostoles, Prosphonema ad magistrum Joannem Argyropulum

Ed. Sp. Lampros, Ἀργυροπούλεια, Athens 1910, pp. 227–231

9. (fols 23r-46b(v))
Michael Apostoles, Epistulae 1–45

Ed. É. Legrand, Bibliographie hellénique des XVe et XVIe siècles, Paris 1885 (repr. 1962), pp. 233–259.

i. (fols 23r-24r)

Ep. 1, ed. Legrand, pp. 233–234.

ii. (fols 24r-24v)

Ep. 2, ed. Legrand, p. 234.

iii. (fols 24v-25r)

Ep. 3, ed. Legrand, pp. 234–235.

iv. (fols 25r-26r)

Ep. 4, ed. Legrand, pp. 235–236.

v. (fols 26r-26v)

Ep. 5, ed. Legrand, pp. 236.

vi. (fols 26v-27r)

Ep. 6, ed. Legrand, pp. 236–237.

vii. (fols 27r-28r)

Ep. 7, ed. Legrand, pp. 237–238.

viii. (fols 28r-29r)

Ep. 8, ed. Legrand, p. 238.

ix. (fols 29r-29v)

Ep. 9, ed. Legrand, pp. 238–239.

x. (fols 29v-30r)

Ep. 10, ed. Legrand, pp. 239–240.

xi. (fols 30r-30v)

Ep. 11, ed. Legrand, p. 240.

xii. (fols 30v-31r)

Ep. 12, ed. Legrand, p. 240.

xiii. (fols 31r-31v)

Ep. 13, ed. Legrand, p. 241.

xiv. (fols 31v-32r)

Ep. 14, ed. Legrand, p. 241.

xv. (fols 32r-32v)

Ep. 15, ed. Legrand, p. 242.

xvi. (fols 32v-33r)

Ep. 16, ed. Legrand, p. 242.

xvii. (fol. 33r)

Ep. 17, ed. Legrand, p. 243.

xviii. (fols 33r-33v)

Ep. 18, ed. Legrand, p. 243.

xix. (fols 33v-34r)

Ep. 19, ed. Legrand, pp. 243–244.

xx. (fols 34r-34v)

Ep. 20, ed. Legrand, p. 244.

xxi. (fols 34v-35r)

Ep. 21, ed. Legrand, p. 245.

xxii. (fols 35r-35v)

Ep. 22, ed. Legrand, p. 245.

xxiii. (fol. 35v)

Ep. 23, ed. Legrand, pp. 245–246.

xxiv. (fols 35v-36r)

Ep. 24, ed. Legrand, p. 246.

xxv. (fols 36r-36v)

Ep. 25, ed. Legrand, pp. 246–247.

xxvi. (fols 36v-38r)

Ep. 26, ed. Legrand, pp. 247–248.

xxvii. (fols 38r-39r)

Ep. 27, ed. Legrand, pp. 248–249.

xxviii. (fols 39r-39v)

Ep. 28, ed. Legrand, p. 249.

xxix. (fols 40r-40v)

Ep. 29, ed. Legrand, p. 250.

xxx. (fols 40v-41r)

Ep. 30, ed. Legrand, p. 250.

xxxi. (fols 41r-41v)

Ep. 31, ed. Legrand, p. 251.

xxxii. (fols 42r-42v)

Ep. 32, ed. Legrand, pp. 251–252.

xxxiii. (fol. 42v)

Ep. 33, ed. Legrand, p. 252.

xxxiv. (fol. 43r)

Ep. 34, ed. Legrand, pp. 252–253.

xxxv. (fols 43r-43v)

Ep. 35, ed. Legrand, p. 253.

xxxvi. (fols 43v-44r)

Ep. 36, ed. Legrand, pp. 253–254.

xxxvii. (fols 44r-44v)

Ep. 37, ed. Legrand, p. 254.

xxxviii. (fols 44v-45r)

Ep. 38, ed. Legrand, p. 254.

xxxix. (fols 45r-45v)

Ep. 39, ed. Legrand, p. 255.

xl. (fol. 45v)

Ep. 40, ed. Legrand, p. 255.

xli. (fols 45v-46r)

Ep. 41, ed. Legrand, pp. 255–256.

xlii. (fols 46r-46v)

Ep. 42, ed. Legrand, p. 256.

xliii. (fols 46v)

Ep. 43, ed. Legrand, p. 256.

xliv. (fols 46b(r))

Ep. 44, ed. Legrand, p. 257

xlv. (fols 46b(r)-46b(v) )

Ep. 45, ed. Legrand, p. 257.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermark crown cf. Piccard I, 51643, 51645, 51647, 51649, 51652, 51653 (dated from 1559 to 1576), and Briquet 4832 (dated 1526). See M. Fassino, La tradizione manoscritta dell’«Encomio di Elena» e del «Plataico» di Isocrate, pp. 96–97, fn. 355.
Extent: iii + 50 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 185 × 140 mm.

Collation

1 × 2–1 (i), 1 × 2 (iii), 1 × 2–1 (1), 6 × 8 (46b), 1 × 2 (48), 1 × 2–1 (49).

Layout

21 lines per page

Hand(s)

One main scribe (fols 2r-46v), except for the table of contents (fols 1r-1v).

Decoration

fol. 2r: decorative headpiece in red ink.

Monokondylon at the end in red ink (fol. 46bv): τέλος

Binding

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: MICHAEL⟨I⟩/ ⟨AP⟩OSTOL⟨I⟩/ OPERA/ GR.–//M.S./ SÆC. XV./; in pasted black leather: MS. /HOLK./ Gr. 80.

History

Origin: 16th c. (beginning). Dating based on watermark.

Provenance and Acquisition

MS Holkham Gr 76 was once the second part of this MS. Construction of the codex in the current form is an interesting case. See Fassino, La tradizione manoscritta dell’«Encomio di Elena» e del «Plataico» di Isocrate, p. 97, who pointed out the fact that the table of contents of MS. Holkham Gr 30 (fols. 1r-2v) continues with a crossed out text (fol. 3r), which lists items i-v of the now MS. Holkham Gr 76. This makes plausible that Morezenos was planning to join the material of MS Holkham Gr. 76 with MS. Holkham Gr. 30, but he finally decided not to do so. It is interesting to see that when Montfaucon inspected the MSS, the situation was as follows: MS. Holkham Gr. 30 as a separate volume, and one codex with its first part (now MS. Holkham Gr. 80), numbered as ΚΓον by Morezenos and 51 by Giustiniani, and the second part (now MS. Holkham Gr. 76) with no numbering at all. This separation apparently happened after 1698.

Catalogue Nrs: front paste-down, fol. i(v): (in pencil) MS. Holkham Gr.80; fol. ii recto: No 287 (subscr: 118) DIB.1; fol. 1r (at the bottom), in brown ink): ΟΑον = Morezenos 71, Giustiniani 54; Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 119. fol. 1r: handwritten note in grey ink by B. de Montfaucon: 1698. Cod. 51. numero complectens varia variorum | diversis temporibus conscripta alia 200. circiter | alia 300. annorum (= Giustiniani 51) and fol. 2r (in grey ink, top centre): ΚΓ ον (=Morezenos 23), Olim Holkham Hall, Libr. of the Earl of Leicester, 118.

Record Sources

Description by Dimitrios Skrekas (2020), with the support of the Leventis Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Yerolemou Trust and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust.

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-06: New description by D. Skrekas.