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MS. Barocci 141

Summary Catalogue no.: 141

Ioannes Climacus 13th cent.


Johannes Climacus
1a. (fols. 1r–228v)
Scala Paradisi,

pr. PG 88. 632–1161. Begins with (fol. 1r) part of the προθεωρία, pr. ibid., 629C7–D2; (fols. 1r–6r) vita auctoris, pr. ibid., 596 ff., breaking off with θεωρητικὰ περιεχούϲαϲ διδάγματα (sic), 605B13; (fols. 6r–9r) epistola Ioannis Rhaithou and the reply, pr. ibid., 624–8; (fols. 9r–10r) πρόλογοϲ and list of the gradus Paradisi, pr. ibid., 628–9. Main text starts on fol. 10r. Fairly numerous scholia (attributed by Hutter to Elias of Crete ), mostly numbered serially in vermilion, written by the same hand as the text; MS. title (fol. 1r) ἐξήγηϲιϲ εἰϲ τὴν ἁγίαν κλίμακα εἰτοῦν τὰϲ πνευματικὰϲ πλάκαϲ τοῦ ἁγίου Ἰωάννου τοῦ καθηγημένου τοῦ ἁγίου ὄρουϲ Ϲινᾶ τοῦ λεγομένου ϲχολαϲτικοῦ, πονηθεῖϲα τῷ εὐτελεῖ μητροπολίτῃ Κρήτηϲ Ἠλία, beg. αʹ. ἐξ ἀποκρίϲεωϲ ἤρξατο.

1b. (fols. 228v–247r)
liber ad pastorem,

pr. PG 88. 1165–1208, with scholia partly corresponding to those pr. in PG.

Language(s): Greek
2. (fols. 247r–251r)

additions by another scribe of much the same date.

2a. (fol. 247v)
Rubric: ϲτίχοι ἰαμβικοὶ εἰϲ τὴν ἁγίαν κλίμακα
Incipit: ξένην φύϲιν κλίμακοϲ καὶ θέϲιν βλέπω
Explicit: τὴν γῆν ὑπερβὰϲ καὶ πρὸϲ οὐρανὸν φθάϲαϲ
2b. (fol. 247r)
Rubric: ἕτεροι εἰϲ τὴν αὐτὴν βίβλον
Incipit: κλῖμαξ προμήκηϲ καθορᾶταί μοι ξένη
Explicit: τὴν ἀνάβαϲιν εὐχερῆ προδεικνύει
2c. (fol. 247rv)
Rubric: ἕτερπο εἰϲ τὴν αὐτὴν βίβλον
Incipit: ἄνθρωποϲ ἐκ γῆϲ φιλονεικήϲαϲ φθάϲαι
Explicit: οὕτωϲ ἔχουϲα τῶν ἀρρήτων βαθμίδων
2d. (fol. 247v)
Rubric: ἕτεροι ϲτίχοι εἰϲ τὸ αὐτό
Incipit: ὕψοϲ πρὸϲ οὐράνιον εἰ φθάϲαι θέλειϲ
Explicit: ϲταυρὸν ποδηγὸν χειραγωγὸν κατέχων
2e. (fols. 247v–251r)
Theological extracts

anonymous collection of theological excerpts from various authors; those named are Isaac, Nicetas bp. of Serrae, ⟨Theodore⟩ Balsamon, Maximus ⟨Confessor⟩ , Neilus Monachus, Marcus ⟨Monachus⟩ Thalassius, Basilius Magnus (excerpts of the letters). Also there are some chapters from a Gerontikon and in the margin of fol. 248v a later owner wrote οἶμαι ὅτι τοῦ Νύϲϲηϲ.

Incipit: τὴν ἁγίαν κοινωνίαν καλοῦϲιν ἕνωϲιν (first excerpt, anonymous)
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper.
Extent: ii + 253 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 155 × 95 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (i–ii), 1–252, (253).


(fol. 1) i–xxxvi 8, (fol. 249) xxxvii 4. Quires originally numbered in vermilion ink on the bottom right hand corner of the first recto, not all visible now, but cf. fol. 97.


Ruling: 25 lines. Ruling type Leroy 46C1s.


Text and scholia written by one scribe.


Rubrication: initials, titles and simple penwork ornament in vermilion.

Ornamental headpieces, strips and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 156, Abb. 558–560)

Additions: Additions and pentrials on fols. i–ii and 251r–253v, the most important being:

1 fol. iv ͵αφλβʹ μαρτίῳ εἰϲ τὰϲ βʹ ἐγήνηκε ϲϲειϲμοϲ πολα τα πλήθη τῶν ἐμῶν πτεϲμάτων Θεοτόκε πρὸϲ ϲε κατέφηγὸν ἀγνὴ δεώμενοϲ ἐπίϲκεψε τὴν ἀϲθενουϲα μου ψυχη· καὶ πρεβεβεβε τὸ υἱῶ ϲου καὶ Θεῶ ἡμῶν δῶθῆνε μοι τὴν ἄφαϲιν· ὃν ἔπραξαϲ δήνη· μόνη εὐλογη μοι.

2 fols. 251r–252r some prayers.

3 fol. 253r note beginning γεοργιὸν βήδοθε τόκη ἀντονη γεοργι κόλη κλονάρι. μάρκο κοκαμ.ρατο. This is repeated below at greater length, but the page is damaged.


Binding of blind-stamped brown leather over wood, in late Byzantine style, 15th–16th cent.; hunting-scene and fleur de lys stamps; clasps and numerous studs on front and back panels now missing.


Origin: 13th cent. (Wilson); 14th century, around the second quarter (Hutter)

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970; supplementary information on dating from 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.