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Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. gr. 1791


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c.)
  • Genres: Philosophical
  • Illustrations: No


Vaticanus græcus 1440, Damscius (TLG 4066.003 & 4066.004). Cf. Vat. gr. 1203, 1440 and 1765 (our WEST.VAT.1.35, WEST.VAT.1.37and WEST.VAT.1.38 respectively).

16th cent. according to Rouelle (vol. 1, p. iv in Bibliography), who at least noted (though we have not investigated whether he used) this manuscript. Numeration by page. Occasional marginal notes and section-numbering, both apparently in the original hand. Slight water-damage at the bottom margin does not impair legibility.

To the label "Vat. Grec. 1791" the first frame in our film (done by the Vatican) adds "20.IV.79. B.E[.]", a numbering we are unfamiliar with.

Inscription on p. 1:  "Titulus ψευδεπίγραφαος et enim hæc secunda pars et continuatio operis De Primis Principiis, qua excipit primam, qua habetur supre no. 1765 et sic ibi in codice libri notatium est «ἡ ἀρχὴ οὐχ εὕρηται». Extat autem aliud interi operis exemplar no. 1440. L.H." (We are unsure of the penultimate letter, which looks like an upside-down capital T.)

Page 1 title: «Δαμασκίου διαδόχου Ἀπορίαι καὶ Λύσεις εἰς τὸν Πλάτωνος Παρμενίδη ἀντιπαρατεινόμεναι τοῖς εἰς αὐτὸν ὑπομνήμασι τοῦ φιλοσόφου.» Cf. p. 329 below.

P. 1 incipit, «τὰς ἀμεθέκτους ταῖς μεθεκταῖς, εἴπερ οὐσίαι τινες καὶ ἀμέθεκτοι νόες...» Cf. Vat. gr. 1203 (our film WEST.VAT.35), fol. 210r and Rouelle §§ 126 (ter) and 127 (vol. 2, pp. 4-5) in Online Resources (scanned somewhat out of order by Google Books), and TLG 4066.003 & 4066.004.

P. 152, Περὶ τῆς Μέσης τῶν Νοερῶν Τάξεως.

P. 329 desinit, «...ἀλλὰ τῶν δυοῖν [with epsilon "corrected" to omicron?] μόνων ἐν αἷς τὸ μὴ εἶναι παντελῇ ἀπόφασιν ἐδήλου· ταύταις γὰρ εἴπετο τὸ οὐδέν.» and title: «Δαμασκίου διαδόχου εἰς τὸν Πλάτωνος Παρμενίδη ἀπορίαι καὶ ἐπιλύσεις ἀντιπαρατεινόμεναι τοῖς εἰς αὐτὸν ὑπομνήμασι τοῦ φιλοσόφου. Τέλος.» Cf. Rouelle's edition, vol. 2, p. 322.

P. 330 blank except for Bibliotheca Apostolica stamp.

Pp. 331-334 blank, and here endeth, ut de microtænia apparet, the codex.

Rouelle's ed. has been superseded by Westerink's six volumes for Belles Lettres (see Bibliography), but we have not been able to examine the latter. At the time of this writing, the TLG is using the outdated one (with no app. crit.).

Currently no print catalogue for Vaticani græci 933-1484 (though there is an unpublished catalogue by Νικόπουλος for 2502-2632 and one in preparation by Yantz for 1288-1421). Some information can often be found in the various Studi e Testi volumes (see Bibliography) and/or the Vatican website. Further information can also often be had by performing a Google search with "" specified as the domain (do an Advanced Search or add "" to the terms).