Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 304 (U.6.22)
Title: Synaxarion
Date of Creation: Between 1509 and 1510
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Synaxarion.
Synaxarion (Abbreviated Martyrology of the Greek Church):
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-5): [Greek characters]: [rubric, the first three initials in the first line in black, all numbers in black, with the last three letters of the first line and the initial of [Greek characters], the lines above the numbers (28, 29, 11, 13) are however in red] | [Greek characters]
Ends (24, 6 verso 19-24, 7 recto lines 1-5): [Greek characters]: + [rubric].
[This rubric is much defaced and is in part illegible. The contractions are indicated by spaced type.]
Remarks: On ii, 1 recto are scribbled in contemporary hand some lines (?from hymns): + [Greek characters] [repeated] | [Greek characters] [these last lines are repeated more correctly below]: [Greek characters]...
On ii, 1 verso in an XVIII. Cent. hand: N.9. A Kalendar of the Modern Greek Church.
On 24, 7 recto under the tail-piece of the rubric are two lines of scrawling indecipherable Greek.
On 24, 7. and 8. the paper patching the holes contains apparently calligraphic exercises, the letters of the alphabet followed by prayers (two identical examples).
On the versos of these last folios (in a later hand) are respectively an alphabet and what appears to be a rudely scribbled copy of the lines on ii, 1 recto.
Each quire is signed with the cross on its first folio recto, top margin.
The date is fixed by the solar and lunar cycles, 18 and 7 respectively, which combination occurred in 1510. See V. Gardthausen, Griechische Palaeographie, Leipzig, 1879, p. 458.
Another Synaxarion with the same scribe's name [Demetrius Lector] is in the Bodleian Library. H.O. Coxe (Cat. Codd. MSS. Oxonii, 1853, Pars I. p. 658) understood from the barbarous Greek of its colophon that it was written in 6837 (era of Constantinople 6837 - 5508 = 1329 A.D.), but possibly [Greek characters] may have been read for [Greek characters]. If the earlier date is right, however, the colophon of this MS. may be a copy with the exception of the date.
[Formerly R.7.18; R.7.100].
As well as the signatures there is a cross in the centre of each first recto. It is a menology for February only. In the subscription: l. 2 [Greek characters] (which I do not understand); l. 4 after [Greek characters] there is an abbreviation which I did not recognise and which I cannot interpret from my notes; l. 5 read [Greek characters]. The Bodleian MS. is not relevant: its date is [Greek characters], i.e. 1253 (so Gregory and the Summary Catal. no. 18370). (I.C. Cunningham, 28/5/81).
U.6.22. [Greek characters] for February 1-29. 1510. Paper. 192 ff. 215 x 140. 1 col. 25 ll. i-xxiv8. Greek binding. Written by [Greek characters]. FO: [Greek characters]. (Ian C. Cunningham: Greek Manuscripts in Scotland. Edinburgh, NLS, 1982).
(GUL, U.6.22). [Greek characters], i. 107
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper (Oriental, sized and partly burnished), 8 x 6, ff. 192, well written in bold erect characters in single cols. of 25 lines, each 6 x 3, ruled and margined with bodkin, signatures, alphabetical, in the right top corner of each quire (first recto), catchwords (mostly cropped), no foliation, rubrics and rubricated initials, ornamentation in the shape of head and tail-pieces (generally a knot pattern), in red and black, much cropped, in a shocking state, worm eaten, gnawed by rats (pp. 8 affected, 22, 7. 8. and 23, 1. 2.), damaged by damp, fol. sec. [Greek characters]. Early Cent. XVI. (1510).
Binding: Original, wooden boards, " thick, half-bound calf and brown and black spattered paper, originally fastened with brass-nailed clasps, the edges flush with the boards. Cent. XVI.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 244.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Greek
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Ian C. Cunningham, Greek Manuscripts in Scotland: summary catalogue, with addendum (Edinburgh, 1982), no. 46; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 244-245.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Orthodox Eastern Church
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