The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.1.5
Manuscript Title

Valerius Harpocration, Lexicon

Alternative Title

Harpocration, etc

James Number 1029
Century 14th
Physical Description

29 lines to a page. In the same hand as O.1.2, of which it once formed part.


Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738.C. 39. No. 170.

Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 21 x 15
Folio 56 ff.
Material Paper
Language Greek



Some flyleaves are uncut and are therefore not photographed. This accounts for some apparent discrepancies in numbering the folios.

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I. f.1 Harpocrationis Lexicon in Decem Rhetores
Headed in red Αρποκρατίων.
Ἄβαρις κύριον.
The MS. was collated by C. B. Scott for Dindorf's edition in 1852 from Ἄβαρις to Αἰγεῖον, from Νοθεῖα to Ὅτι οἱ ποιητοὶ παῖδες, the whole of the letter ψ, as well as a number of scattered articles. "The MS. is carefully written, but with many omissions: e.g. the words Αἰγεῖδαι, Νυμφαῖον, Οἷον, Ὅτι διαμαρτάνει, Ὀνήτωρ, Ὀργέων, Ὄρον, σκευ̑ος, Πυθαεία." Under ξηραλοιφεῖν and Ὁμηρίδαι etc. references to authors are omitted.
In 1897 Dr J. E. Sandys collated the letter Γ throughout, and examined all doubtful points in Β and Σ, on behalf of Dr Georg Wentzel of Gottingen.
Notes by Mr Scott and Dr Sandys are in this volume.
The text of Harpocration ends on f.52b -ψίθυρος.
Notes follow on
1. ὑποκορίζομαι illustrated from Xenophon and Demosthenes.
2. τί ἐστῖ τὸ ἐν τοῖς δημοσθένους Φιλιππικοῖς . καὶ τὸ θρυλλούμενον τόδε άπόρρητον ἐκεῖνο . θεόπομπος ἐν λα̅ δεδήλωκς . φησὶ γὰρ καὶ πέμπει πρὸς Φίλιππον πρεσβεθτὰς κ.τ.λ.
3. τί λυγμὸς, one and a half lines.
4. χρεὼν . εἱμαρμένον τέλος ζωῆς . αἰλιανὸς ἐπεί δὲ ἐς γῆρας άφίκετο τὸ κοινὸν τῆ πεπρωμένη χρεὼν ἐξέτισε καὶ τῆς προσηκούσης κηδεύσεως ἔτυχε.
The rest (3 lines) grammatical.

II. f.53 Helladii Besantinoi Chrestomathiae pars
Ὅτι Διονύσιος φησὶ μὲν λέγειν τοὺς άττικιστὰς ὠνησάμην ed. Meursius in Gronov. Thes. Ant. Gr. X. col. 951.
Ends f.56b αἰτίαν πρότερον ἔχοντα φόνου (col. 981).
It consists of a series of extracts, including one (ὅτι τὸν ὄνειρον -- ἐνύπνια) which occurs on col. 981.
See Philologus 1857 and 1876: and Hermes 1866 and 1870.
A brief note about an edition of this manuscript is enclosed inside front cover.


Diller, A., 'Photius’ ‘Bibliotheca’ in Byzantine Literature', Dumbarton Oaks Papers 16 (1962), pp. 389-396, esp. p. 395

Isépy, P., 'Towards a new text of Helladius: neglected manuscript evidence on Photius’ Bibliotheke', Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, 163 (2020), pp. 189–230

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