The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.2.12
Manuscript Title

Composite Manuscript in Greek

Alternative Title

Rhetorica Graece

James Number 1116
Century 15th16th
Physical Description

32, 31, 14, 28 lines to a page. Four volumes. Various hands.


Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. K. 21. No. 391.

Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 23.5 x 18.5 (largest dimensions)
Folio 52 ff.
Material Paper
Language Greek
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At the beginning is a late parchment deed, cent. xv, xvi.
On this manuscript see R. Forster (Berlin. Akad. d. Wissensch. 1885, 915) and L. Cohn (Philologus, xxxix. 392).
I. Six leaves in a very contracted hand, xiv early.
Fragments of speeches of Libanius.
Libanius pro Aristophane:
1. Begins imperfectly
f.1 οὐδὲ συνετάραξε διὸ γαμηλίου
Ends: οὐκ εὐφρονειῖν ο... περὶ πολλου̑ ποιῇ.
Pro Aristophane ed. Morell p.224 l.18-end.
2. f.1b πρὸς Θεοδόσιον Βασιλέα περὶ τῆς στάσεως
Ήτύχηκεν ἡμὶν ἡ πόλις.
3. f.5b πρὸς Θεοδόσιον ἐπὶ ταῖς διαλλαγαῖς
Ὃ μὲν πολλάκις προεῖπον.
Ends imperfectly: ἤγετο στένων (p.411 l.l0).

II. In another hand, paler ink: six leaves,
Fragment of a Lexicon (v. Etymol. Magnum).
Begins in γ: the first words very faint.
Γ τὸ στιοχεῖον πόθεν γίνεται . παρὰ τὸ ἀμᾶν τὴν γῆν ἤτοι θερίζειν δρεπανω̑δες γὰρ ἔστιν κ.τ.λ.
γάγγαν is the first word treated.
Ends in εῖς: οῖον ἴαν ὲ μίαν.
On f.6a is the beginning of a speech in the same hand
οὐ ῥάδιον ἐντυχεῖν ὦ ἄνδρες άνθρώπω μὴ λοιδορου̑ντι τὴν τύχην (5 lines).
The rest of the leaf blank.

III ff. 8. Cent. xvi.
Andromachi carmen de antidoto/is
Κλυ̑θι πολυθρονίου βριαρὸν σθένος ἀντιδότοιο Καῖσαρ ἀδειμάντου δω̑τορ ἐλευθερίης
with interlinear glosses.
Ends f.7a. ἱλάσεται τὴν σὴν αἰὲν άνωδυνίην.
ff.7b, 8 are blank.
See Fabr. Bibl. Gr. IV.356. Often printed, e.g. in Ideler's Scriptores physici minores, 1841.

IV. ff. 32.
1. Του̑ αὐτου̑ Διονυσίου περὶ τω̑ν ἐν ταῖς μελέταις πλημελημένων
Τὰ δὲ πλημελούμενα ἐν ταῖς μελέταις
Dionys. Halic. de Rhetorica ed. Francof. 1586 pp.60-71.
Including the "Veterum Censura," f.8b
περὶ τω̑ν ἐν ἤθει πλημμελουμένων
περὶ τῆς ἐν μελέταις ἀτεχνίας.
περὶ τῆς τω̑ν λόγων ἐξετάσεως.
περὶ τω̑ν Θουκυδίδου ἰδιωμάτων f. 11.
2. Μαξίμου περὶ άλύτων ἀντιθέσεων.
a. Αἱ ἄλυτοι άντιθέσεις ὅτι μὲν οὲκ ἐπιδέχονται λύσιν ἐμφανῆ.
b. Ἴdioν στοχασμου̑ tὸ ἀνεύθυνον eἶνai.
c. Διαφέρει στοχασμὸς ὅρου.
Ends f.30b: kaὶ χρήζομεν toυ̑ πατρὸς ἢ toυ̑ δεσπότου προτέρου.
The author is Maximus Byzantius or Epirota. See Fabr. Bibl. Gr. IX.678. Printed by Stephanus (Paris 1554).
There are some early xvith cent. notes in Greek and Latin on f.31 and a table of contents (xvii) on f.32.
The volume once contained Plutarch's tract de cognoscendo uirtutis profectu "in an old hand."

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