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MS. Barocci 118

Summary Catalogue no.: 118

13th cent.


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols. 1r–190v)
‡Athanasius, commentarius in Psalmos

Incipit now illegible owing to damage from moisture, but collation shows that it is not one of the texts pr. PG 27 nor the work by Hesychius, pr. PG 93. 1180. The commentary to Psalm 11 beg. (fol. 12v) ὁ Χριϲτὸϲ περὶ τοῦ λαοῦ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, ends ἐργάϲαϲθαι ἔργων θεϊκῶν, to Psalm 17 (fol. 18v) beg. ὁ υἱὸϲ πρὸϲ τὸν πατέρα, ends ἐπ’ αὐτοὺϲ οὖν τὸ ἔλεοϲ τοῦ Χριϲτοῦ αὐλίζεται. According to T.W. Allen, Proceedings of the British Academy xii (1926), p. 57 (p. 3 in the separate pamphlet), Cardinal Mercati was not able to identify the author of this item; the references to this text made by M. Faulhaber, Theologische Quartalschrift lxxxiii (1901), p. 229 n. 1 and R. Devreesse, ‘Chaînes’, cols. 1116, 1125, are inaccurate. A commentary very like the present item exists in MS. Cromwell 5, pages 10–407.

Incipit: (fol. 12v) ὁ Χριϲτὸϲ περὶ τοῦ λαοῦ τῶν Ἰουδαίων
Incipit: (fol. 18v) ὁ υἱὸϲ πρὸϲ τὸν πατέρα
Commentary on the Psalms

Copious marginalia on three sides of the page as far as fol. 79, thereafter less regular. Said by M. Faulhaber, op. cit., p. 223, to be by Theodoret, pr. PG 80. 857, but collation shows that this is not so. Commentary on Psalm 11 beg. (fol. 12v) τῆϲ παρὰ ϲοῦ, δέϲποτα, ϲωτηρίαϲ ἀπολαῦϲαι, ends νῦν μὲν ψυχαγωγοῖϲ ἐν ταῖϲ θλίψεϲιν, on Psalm 17 (fol. 18r) beg. ἀγαπήϲειϲ γάρ, φηϲί, κύριον τὸν θεόν ϲου, ends ἀλλὰ καὶ ἕωϲ αἰῶνοϲ τῷ ϲπέρματί μου φυλάξειϲ.

3. (fols. 190v–193r)
†Gregorius Nazianzenus, Poemata
3a. (fols. 190v–191r)

1. 2. 3, pr. PG 37. 910–15.

3b. (fols. 191r–193r)

1. 2. 33, pr. PG 37. 928–45.

4. (fols. 193v–197r)
Hesychius Sinaita, De temperantia et virtute

Abridgement; not pr., but cp. PG 93. 1479–1544.

Incipit: εἷϲ οὖν ὁ τρόποϲ τὴν νήψεωϲ
Explicit: καὶ ζόφον ἀντὶ φωτὸϲ περιβάλλειν.

Divided into short sections numbered serially in the margin; at ιζʹ there is a heading in carmine τοῦ ὁϲίου Θεοδώρου τοῦ Ἐδέϲϲηϲ ἐπιϲκόπου, at κεʹ another, ταῦτα τοῦ ἁγίου Μάρκου.

5. (fols. 197v–206r)
⟨Elias Exiguus sive Ecdicus⟩, anthologium gnomicum,

pr. PG 127. 1129; the text here is very divergent and soon loses all resemblance to Migne; perhaps the latter is really another work.

6. (fols. 206v–216v)
Maximus Confessor, de caritate,

centuriae i–ii § πζʹ, pr. PG 90. 960–1013A1; includes the preface; incomplete at end.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment.
Extent: ii + 220 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 165 × 105 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (i–ii), 1–216, (217–20).


(fol. 1) i–xxvii 8; incomplete at end; the remainder of this MS. now constitutes fols. 28–58 of MS. Barocci 216. Quires numbered on top right corner of first recto.


Ruling: 34–5 lines. Ruling type Leroy 30C1.


One scribe. Subscription on fol. 190v δόξα ϲοι ὁ θεόϲ, δόξα ϲοι, δόξα ϲοι, ἁγία τριάϲ, δόξα ϲοι. θεοτόκε περίβλεπτε βοήθηϲον τὸν ἐκ πόθου κτίϲαντα τὴν βίβλον ταύτην. For item 1 he wrote the lemmata in black ink in a rather ugly hand, unsuccessfully attempting to archaise, but the commentary is in carmine in a cursive style. Items 2–5 begin in the archaising style and change to cursive around fol. 206. The use of compendia is noteworthy: apart from – for α, ÷ for α and τα, ¯¯O for αρ, we find three dots arranged vertically for καὶ (fols. 109rv, 200v), / for ε (fol. 200v), ϋ for τοῦ (fols. 189v, 200v); these last three are not listed in G. Tsereteli, Sokraščenija v grečeskich rukopisjakh (St Petersburg, 1904)


Rubrication: headpiece on fol. 1r; enlarged initials in carmine. Some damage from moisture: the carmine is illegible on the first few leaves, and a few passages have been re-traced.

Ornamental headpieces. Decorated initials at the beginnings of Psalms. (Hutter iii. 125, Abb. 471–4)

Additions: There is a cryptographic alphabet on fol. 193r.Later owner’s marginalia on fol. 1r.


Oxford binding of c. AD 1630, brown leather with simple blind stamping.


Origin: 13th century, end

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970, dating modified with reference to Hutter (1982). Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens, Quarto Catalogues I, 1883, repr. with corrections 1969).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.