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Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. gr. 1416

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Vaticanus græcus 1416: Dionysius of Halilcarnassus; Michael Psellus, Pseudo-Constantine the Great; Arsenius, Archbishop of Monemvasiá; Theodore of Gaza; Cardinal Bessario; Gemistus Pletho; Alexander of Aphrodisias.

Scribe according to Πίνακες is Ἀποστόλης Ἀριστόβουλος, though this manuscript is not listed in the Ἀποστόλιος Ἀριστόβουλος entry in Vogel-Gardthausen.

1r-90v Dionysius of Halicarnassus (TLG 0081.010).
92r-114r Michael Psellus (TLG 2702.011).
115r-124r  A Testament of Constantine.
125r-125v  George Cedrenus (TLG 3018.001).
127r-132v  Δόγμα Βασιλικόν .
138r-140r  Gemistus Pletho (TLG 3202.014).
140v-143v  Bessarion (TLG 3229.013).
159v-162r  Gemistus Pletho (3202.001).
162r-164r  Bessarion (TLG 3229.013).
170r-270v  Arsenius Parœmiographus (TLG 9018.001) &c.

Folio before fol. 1:  Διονυσίου Ἁλικαρνασέως Περὶ Θουκυδίδου / καὶ Ψέλλου [οὕτω] Ἐξήγησις εἰς εἰς τὰ Λόγια τοῦ Ζωροάστρου / Dionisio Alicarnasseo delle use di Tucidide [vel sim.] et Psellu(s) / 1416 / ex Libris Julii Ursini.

Various cross-outs, some underlinings; multiple marginal notes, mostly in Greek but occasionally in Latin.

1r-90v  Dionysius of Halicarnassus on Thucydides (TLG 0081.010).

92r-114r  Psellus on the Zoroastrian Oracles (TLG 2702.011; Iter Psellianum nos. 834 (PHI.111) and 835 (PHI.112)).

Fol. 39 missing.  Fol. 38v desinit «οὐκ ἔχοντες, οὐδὲ γοῦν φυτεύοντες» and 40r incipit «γνώμῃ δεδουλωμένοι ὡς ἐπὶ Λακεδαιμονίους» (see ed. Rademacher & Usener §25.29).

90v  End of De Thucydide (=Rademacher & Usener §55). 91r/v blank.

92r  Τοῦ σοφωτάτου Ψέλλου [οὕτω] ἐξήγησις / εἰς τὰ Λόγια τοῦ Ζωροάστρου / Χαλδαϊκὸν λόγιον (TLG 2702.011).  Incipit, «Ἔστι καὶ εἰδώλῳ μερὶς εἰς τόπον ἀμφιφάοντα· εἴδωλα λέγεται παρὰ τοῖς φιλοσόφοις τὰ συμφυῆ μὲν κρείττοσιν...»

119r  Desinit «κατηκολούθησαν καὶ ὡς θείας φωνὰς ἀσυλλογίστως ταῦτα ἐδέξαντο.»

119v  Τοῦ Ψελλοῦ [recte] ἐξηγήσεις εἰς τὰ λόγια τοῦ Ζωροάστρου· quad: 2 et [car?] 3.

120r-123v  Διαθήκη τοῦ Μεγάλου Κωνσταντίνου (not TLG 3196.003), in a different, more careful hand. Incipit «Ἐκ τοῦ νομοκάνονος τῆς βίβλου τῆς συνωψισθείσης ἐκ προτροῆς τοῦ μακαριωτάτου πατριάρχου Κωνσταντίνουπόλεως κυροῦ Μιχαήλ, καὶ θεοσεβοῦς βασιλέως κυροῦ Μανουήλ, παρὰ Θεοδώρου τοῦ Βαλσαμῶντος πρώτου διακόνου τῆς μεγάλης ἐκκλησίας, καὶ χαρτοφύλακος χρηματίσαντος, ὅτε καὶ τὴν βίβλον ταύτην συνέθετο, ὕστερον δὲ γεγονότος πατριάρχου μεγάλης Ἀντιοχείας, ἀποδεικνοῦντος ὅ,τι πᾶσα, ἐκκλησία, ὑπ[ο τοῦ Πάπα Ῥώμης δικαιοῦται, ὡς ἐκ τοῦ μεγάλου Κωνσταντίνου διατάξεως ἔξεστιν εἰδεῖν τῆς δὲ βίβλου ἡ ἀρχή...»  Desinit, «...παραδεδώκαμεν τῷ πατρὶ ἡμῶν Σιλβέστρῳ τῷ ἁγίῳ καὶ καθολικῷ ἐπισκόπῳ, καὶ Πάπᾳ, καὶ δ[ι]' αὐτοῦ πᾶσι τοῖς διαδόχοις αὐτοῦ ἐπισκόποις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.»

124r  Title of the preceding in a third hand: Constantinople, December, AM 6700 (AD 1192, during the time of Innocent III).

124v  Blank.

125r  Ἐκ τοῦ Γεωργίου Κεδρινοῦ ἱστοριογράφου (TLG 3018.001).  Inicpit «Ἐν τοῖς χρόνοις τῶν κριτῶν, καὶ οἱ Ἀργοναῦται ο}ι περὶ Ἰάσονα τὸν Θεσσαλονίκης καὶ Πολυδεύκην καὶ Ὕλαν καὶ Τελαμῶνα...» (ed. Bekker p. 209; time of Darius' succession of Cyrus).

125v  Desinit «...ὕστερον δὲ ἐπὶ Ζήνωνος τοῦ βασιλέως, ναὸς τῆς ἁγίας θεοτόκου μετωνόμασται:~» (Bekker 210).

126r  Latin translation of the preceding.

126v  Blank.

127r-132v  Δόγμα βασιλικόν· γραφέν, πραχθὲν καὶ δοθὲν τῇ ἱερᾷ καὶ ἁγίᾳ καθολικῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ τῆς Ῥώμης παρὰ τοῦ μακαρίου Κωνσταντίνου τοῦ ἐν βασιλεῦσι πρώτου χριστιανοῦ:~

133r-135v  All apparently blank.

136r  "Gemist(o) Pletone" plus a sign (IHS? an amulet against the pagan?)

136v  Blank.

137r  Suddenly, «οὖν περὶ τῆς ἀναστάσεως αὐτοῖς διαδηλῶσαι, ἵνα μὴ δι' ἐκείνην ἄλλος τὴν τοῦ υἱέος τιμὴν ἑστιᾶν αὐτοὺς νομισθείη...»  Desinit, «...τῶν γραμματοφόρων ἀμοφτέρωθεν ἐφθάρησεν, οὐδένα δὲ τῶν θανατωσάντων τοὺς Ἀντωνινείους . . . . . . . . . . . . αἰτίαν ἔσχον etc.» (long ellipsis and "etc." in the original).

137v  Blank.

138r-140r  Gemistus Pletho, Oratio ad Imperatorem Manuelem Palæologum (TLG 3202.014, with differences from Lampros' edition).

140v-143v  Bessarion, Epistule 37, to Theodore (TLG 3229.013).

143v-149r  George Amœrutzes, Epistle to Bessarion (TLG 3322.002) with graph on 147v

149v  «Πλήθωνος, / ὦ τοῦ δ' οὐρανοῦ ἄναξ ἥλιε, ἵλαος εἴης: / ἵλεως καὶ σὺ σελήνη εἴης, πότνια ἱερῆ:»  Beginning of Pletho's Ninth Hymn of his Νόμων Συγγραφή (Brague 35.9; TLG 3202.001; Brague's edition ends with «ἱρῆ»).

150r-162r  Πλήθωνος Νόμων Συγγραφῆς Βιβλίον Αʹ (TLG 3202.001).

162r-164r  Bessarion Epistle 20, to Gemistus Pletho (TLG 3229.013) with graph on 163v.

164r-167v  Pletho, Letter to Bessarion (TLG 3202.010).

168r/v  Blank.

169  In microtænia nostra (atque in codice?) deest.

170r-235v  Ἀρσενίου Αʹ · Παροιμιῶν Συνθήκης Ἀρχὴ τοῦ Αʹ (TLG 9018.001, but fuller and starting at «Ἀβυδηνῶν ἐπιφόρημα»).

236r-270v  Corrections or additions to the preceding.  «Ἐκ τοῦ Μουσούρου καὶ ἄλλων εἰς τὴν τῶν Ἐπιγραμμάτων Ἀνθολογίαν», &c., apparently in an Italian hand (see fol. 236r, 264r, 269r). (Pseudo-)Musurus is actually by Lattanzio Tolomei according to Lauxtermann (p. 44 n. 10, in Bibliography and Online Resources).

271r-308r  Problemata Alexandri (TLG 0732.002) in so neat a hand and with such strict margins, one were almost inclined to see it as printed.  Pagination for the work, in addition to foliation for the manuscript.

307v (p. 70)  Incipit, «οὖν τὴν σελήνην ποθῆσαι».  Desinit, «κατὰ διαδοχὴν γίνεται μέχρις ἂν ὁ λίθος στῇ».

302r (p. 59 semel)  Incipit, «κνῶσιν τὸ πν(εῦμ)α τῆς ὄψεως». Desinit, «κ(αὶ) δάκνουσα τὴν οὐρηδόχον κύστιν ἐρε» [sic].

308r (p. 59 bis)  Similar to the preceding but with minor differences.  Incipit, «κνῶσιν τὸ πν(εῦμ)α τῆς ὄψεως». Desinit, «κ(αὶ) δάκνουσα τὴν οὐρηδόχον κύστιν».

Our film WEST.VAT.1.43 ends with 308r, which has a Bibliotheca Apostolica stamp, suggesting that this is the end also of the codex.

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.  The Vatican's online search engine (see Online Resources) does not as of this writing always provide stable URL's, but manuscripts can be searched by call-number with an "Index" search. These often provide bibliographical material. Further information can also often be had by performing a Google search with "mss.vatlib.it" specified as the domain (do an Advanced Search or add "site:mss.vatlib.it" to the terms).