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MS. Barocci 17

Summary Catalogue no.: 17

Pseudo-Callisthenes 13th cent.


1. (fols. 1r–121v)
Pseudo-Callisthenes, Historia Alexandri Magni,

recension ε, pr. from this MS. J. Trumpf, Anonymi Byzantini Vita Alexandri regis Macedonum, Teubner 1974, symbol Q, see pp. iv–v

Language(s): Greek
2. (fol. 121v)

fragment, similar to that pr. S.G. Mercati, BZ xxxiii (1932), pp. 265–6

Breaks off at § ιβʹ καὶ πᾶϲι χαρὰ γενήϲεται.

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment (except fols. i–iv and 100–124). Fols. 102–109 are damaged, fols. 110–121 are 15th cent. replacements (unwatermarked paper).
Extent: iv + 124 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 110 × 75 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (i–ii), (iii–iv), 1–43, 45–59, 60ab, 61–109, (110–121), (122), (123–4).


Collation of fols. 1–109: (fol. 1) i 10 (6, 7, 8 canc.), (fol. 8) ii–iii 8, (fol. 24) iv 10 (2, 8 canc.), (fol. 32) v–vi 8, (fol. 47) vii 10 (3, 9 canc.), (fol. 55) viii 8, (fol. 62) ix 10 (2, 8 canc.), (fol. 70) x–xiv 8. Quires numbered on bottom left corner of first recto.


Ruling: 21–3 lines, ruling type Leroy 20C1.


One scribe.


Many pages have spaces left for illuminations; the miniatures, mostly in a poor condition now, were painted only as far as fol. 31v.

Miniatures. Ornamental strips. (Hutter ii. 2, Abb. 106-137)

Additions: 1 (fols. iii verso–iv recto, fol. 122v) prayers, etc., damaged; illiterate 15th cent. hand.


Brown-stamped brown leather, early 18th cent.


Origin: 13th century, first half ; Byzantine, provinces

Provenance and Acquisition

(fol. iii recto) ἐτουτο το βιβλίον κτίμενον ἐϲτ⟨ι⟩ του ϲ̣τ̣αυριανοτου β… 15th cent. [read by Hutter as 'Barda', 16th cent.]

(fol. iii recto) questo libro sia del capo an.. … monograni (rest illegible). [read by Hutter as 'And(rea?) del mono Giani (?)']

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970; partly updated (date, origin, decoration, provenance) with reference to Hutter. 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).

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