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MS. Barocci 139

Summary Catalogue no.: 139

Synesius 14th cent. (first half)


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols. 1r–216v)
Synesius of Cyrene
1a. (fols. 1r–94r)

nos. 1–3, 5, 4, 6–31, 35–43, 57–8, 44–5, 32–4, 46–56, 59–65, 67, 66, 68–88, 90–115, 117, 116, 118–43, pr. R. Hercher, Epistolographi graeci, Paris 1873, pp. 638 ff. —Fol. 16 is damaged.

1b. (fols. 94v–97v)
catastasis secunda,

pr. N. Terzaghi, Synesii Cyrenensis opuscula, Rome 1944, pp. 285–93.

1c. (fols. 98r–99r)
catastasis prima,

ibid., pp. 283–5.

1d. (fol. 99r)
homilia prima,

ibid., pp. 279–80.

1e. (fols. 99v–100v)
homilia secunda,

ibid., pp. 281–2.

1f. (fols. 100v–130r)

ibid., pp. 63–131.

1g. (fols. 130r–134v)
ad Paeonium de dono,

ibid., pp. 132–42.

1h. (fols. 134v–152v)
calvitii encomium,

ibid., pp. 190–232.

1i. (fols. 152v–175r)
de regno ad Arcadium,

ibid., pp. 5–62.

1j. (fols. 175v–194v)

ibid., pp. 233–78.

1k. (fols. 195r–213r)
de insomniis,

with the προθεωρία, ibid., pp. 143–89.

1l. (fols. 213v–216v)

nos. 2, ‡ 10, 5. 65–91, 6, 7, pr. N. Terzaghi, Synesii Cyrenensis hymni, Rome 1939, using this MS. (symbol N, see p. xiii).

2. (fols. 217r–225v)
⟨Lysias⟩, epitaphios,

beg. at § 14 ὁποῖοί τινεϲ ἄνδρεϲ. Probably 2 folia missing between fols. 216 and 217; fol. 217 is damaged.

3. (fols. 225v–231v)
⟨Demosthenes⟩, epitaphios

Fols. 230–1 are damaged.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper.
Extent: iv + 234 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 170 × 105 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (i–iv), 1–231, (232), (233–4).


(fol. 1) i–xxvii 8, (fol. 217) xxviii 8 (1, 2 missing), (fol. 223) xxix 8. Quires numbered on bottom right corner of first recto and last verso.


Ruling: 26 lines. Ruling barely visible.


One scribe.


Rubrication: titles and initials in faded carmine.


1 fol. iv recto: names of the Egyptian months, 16th cent.

2 fol. 232rv (sheet reversed) chrysobull of ⟨Andronicus II Imp. Palaeologus⟩ , pr. PG 161. 1051 ff., breaks off at 1053B5 μάλιϲτα ϲυναίρεται, = no. 2237 in F. Dölger, Regesten der Kaiserurkunden des oströmischen Reiches von 565–1453, part iv, Munich 1960.

A few marginalia by the scribe, others of the 16th cent., when parts of the text damaged by moisture were re-traced.


Binding of brown-stamped brown leather over wood, in late Byzantine style, 15th–16th cent., with ‘hunting-scene’ stamps.


Origin: 14th century, first half

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970. 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.