The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.1.14
Manuscript Title


Alternative Title

Tactica Graece

James Number 1038
Date Cent. xvi (1573).
Century 16th
Physical Description

13 lines to a page. Well written, the first pages injured by fire.


Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. C. 66. No. 198.

Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 21 x 15
Folio 121 ff. written.
Material Paper
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On the flyleaf (xvii, xviii) is this note:
In Cod. MS. Vossii.
I. Κωνσταντίνου βασιλέως τακτικὰ περὶ Ναυμαχίας στραρηγημάτων καὶ πειρατικῆς c. Ambr.
Init.: Ἀφ' ἧς δὲ εἴπομεν ταυ̑τα etc. desinit ταυσαυ̑τα περὶ θαλασσομαχίας ἐν συντόμῳ εἰρήκαμεν.
On the next leaf in an older hand
Ὀνοσάνδρου στρατηγικὰ.
f.1 Index of chapters: the upper part of the first leaf burnt
Του̑ σοφωτάτου
καὶ ἑτέρων δι...
περὶ αἱρέσεως...
περὶ άγαθου̑ στρατηγου̑ ...etc.
38 chapters are enumerated.
f.3b Capitula to the other tracts follow
f.5 is blank.
I. f.6 Του̑ σοφωτάτου Ὀνοσάνδρου στρατηγικὰ
Ἱππικω̑ν μὲν λόγων ἢ κυνηγητικω̑ν.
Ends κινδύνου κατανόητος στρατηγός.
See Fabric. Bibl. Gr. IV.336.
2. Λέοντος βασιλέως μαχικά.
Περὶ ναυμαχίας βουλόμεθα διατάξασθαι.
In 72 chapters, ending
Ἐν συνόψει μετρίως εἰρήσθω.
See Fabric. Bibl. Gr. VII.707.
3. Ἐκ του̑ κυρου̑ Λέοντος του̑ βασιλέως.
Ἱστορήσω σοι ἔτι καὶ ἔτερον ναυτικου̑ στόλου στρατήγημα.
καὶ ὅταν ὑπὸ χειμω̑νος ταλαιπωρωθω̑σιν
οὐκ ἦν πλέον τω̑ν ἐνταυ̑θα.
4. A note in Latin by Patrick Young on the identity of the author of the next tract.
Ναυμαχικὰ συνταχθέντα παρὰ Βασιλείου πατρικίου καὶ παρὰ κοιμωμένων . στίχοι
Αὐσονίης σοφίης δεδιδαγμένοι ἔξοχα ἔργα
καὶ στίχας ἠδἱ φάλαγγας, ἰδ' ἀwῥαγέας παρατάξεις
καὶ γενεὴν ὀλέσεις καρχηδονίων μεγαθύμων.
Εἴπερ καὶ ἄλλο τι τῷ βίῳ λυσιτελεῖν.
There is a marginal collation with a Vossian MS.
In six chapters, ending
μετιτέον δὲ ἤδη ἐπὶ τὰ εἴδη τω̑ν παρατάξεων
οὕτω ἔκειτο ἐν τῷ πρωτοτύπῳ [Sed in Cod. Voss. sequitur Ναυμαχίας παράταξις κυκλική.
Ζ. κυκλικὸν καλεῖται τὸ σχῆμα τῆς τάξεως ὅταν τῷ μὴ διδόναι διεκπλου̑...].
The above in brackets is added by Gale(?). After it follows the original colophon
ὑπὸ άνδρέου δαρμαρίου εἴληφε τέλος
ἐν τῷ ἔτει ᾷφογ'. Ἰανουαρίου α
The following leaves are blank.
The tract of Basil was printed in Fabric. Bibl. Gr. (1717) VIII. 136, from a transcript of this MS. made in London in 1616 by F. Lindebrogius. In the edition of 1821 (IX. 97) this MS. is mentioned but the text is omitted.
Andreas Darmarius was a well-known copyist: over thirty MSS. in the Bibliothéque Nationale are his work.

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