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Medieval Greek Manuscripts

TCD MS 31 folio 1v: 12th-century Gospels with catena

TCD MS 31 folio 1v: 12th-century Gospels with catena

When the Library acquired the books of James Ussher, archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland, after his death in 1656, it also acquired the manuscripts which form the core of the collection of Greek manuscripts. These are being catalogued in detail and digitized for the first time.

What would Ussher have thought about his manuscripts being published on the world-wide web? He would certainly have been astonished, but not displeased. For someone with a global view, as he had, reaching out to different cultures and languages was part of his world view. Neither would he have suffered qualms of possessiveness, since he had a remarkable attitude to the sharing of books. He would probably have been relieved of the anxiety of lending the unique physical objects, when virtual reproduction could serve so well the scope of distant and diverse research.

The list of Greek manuscripts in the Library comprises over one hundred items. Of these, a select group of 24 manuscripts are the object of this first survey. Detailed catalogue entries, compiled by Dr Barbara Crostini, are linked to the digitized manuscripts as the project progresses.

TCD Shelfmark

Date

Contents

27

1534

Psalter

28/1

9th and 12th cents?

Palimpsest

28/2

6th and 12th   cents?

Palimpsest

30

16th cent

New Testament ‘Montfortianus’

31

11th-12th cents

Gospel with catena

33 i.e. MS 373, folios 151-166

13th-14th cents

Lectionary of the Epistles

112-113

16th cent

Commentaries on Scripture

185

10th-11th cents

Homiliary

186

12th cent

Zigabenos, Panoplia

199

11th cent

Canon Law

200

12th cent

Canon Law

220

16th cent

Philosophical fragments

231

11th-17th cents

Miscellany

304

16th cent

Matthaios Angelos Panaretos

373 (1-2)

15th-16th cents

Miscellany

922

13th cent

Iliad with scholia

925

1480

Theodore Gaza, Grammatica

1723

11th-12th cent

Sticherarion

2885

9th-10th? cents

Lectionary

2886

12th cent

Lectionary

2887

10th cent

Gregory Nazianzen, Homilies

3528

13th cent?

Liturgical texts

5215

13th cent?

Psalm with paraphrasis

Catalogues and Bibliography

M. Richard, Répertoire des bibliothèques et des catalogues de manuscrits grecs (Paris, 1958)

 J. G. Smyly, “Notes on Greek manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College”, Hermathena 48 (1933), pp. 163-195.