5. Patristic Literature

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Here, 17 manuscripts are presented online out of a collection of all together 133 items spanning 3rd century to 16th century AD. This section covers central medieval texts and supplements the Bible Collection.

Bishop Melito of Sardis: Akhmimic | MS 2337

MS in the Akhmimic dialect of Coptic on papyrus, Upper Egypt, 4th c., 1 partial papyrus, 17x7 cm, 1 column remaining (14x5 cm, column width 5 cm), 18+19 lines in Coptic half uncial.

Codex Armenicus Rescriptus | MS 575

MS palimpsest on vellum, Mt. Sinai, Egypt. Text 1 (underlying text): in Armenian, 6th c. Text 2 (overlying text): In Syriac, 1st half of 10th c., with 7 interlinear decorations.

Bede: Abbey Locamaria, Brittany | MS 2036

MS in Latin on vellum, Abbey of Locmaria, Finistère, Bretagne, ca. 1100, 78 ff. (complete), 21x13 cm, single column, (18x10 cm), 41 lines in an early Romanesque script with many insular features.

Isodorus of Sevilla (St Isidore) | MS 229

MS in Latin on vellum, Germany, 12th c., 38 lines in a late Carolingian minuscule with rustic capitals and several words in Greek capitals, headings in red, 10 large decorated initials alongside the verses of St. Isidore.

Gregorius Magnus: Moralia (Italy) | MS 031

MS in Latin on vellum, Morimondo, Italy, mid 12th c., 41 lines in a fine Romanesque book script by several scribes, numerous very large initials in Cistercian style in red, blue and green.

Origen: Homilies on Genesis & Exodus | MS 021 (1)

MS in Latin on vellum, Wilhering, Austria, 2nd half of 12th c., 126 ff. (complete), 26x17 cm, single column (20x12 cm), 28 lines in a bold square late Romanesque book script by 2 scribes, 17 large decorated initials in interlaced designs, trial sketches of Romanesque ornament, full-page drawing of a double-headed dragon.

32 Patristic Texts (Ehiopia) | MS 1882

MS in Ge'ez on vellum, Ethiopia, early 15th c., additions 16th to 19th c., ca. 26-28 lines in a square Ethiopic Ge'ez book script, ornamental headpieces (harägs) introducing each section.

St John of Damascus: Story of Barlaam & Josephat | MS 706

MS in Serbian Church Slavonic on paper, Serbia, early 15th c., 173 ff. (-ca. 83), 29x21 cm, single column, (21x14 cm), 28 lines in Cyrillic half-uncial, 1- to 6-line capitals in in pale red