In the Greek church, the Menaion is the book containing prayers and hymns for the fixed feasts of the liturgical calendar – in other words, the feasts whose date is not dependent on the calculation of Easter. This particular volume, created in the 13th century, is imperfect, as it only contains the feasts from 16 March until 14 August. Although the manuscript is quite large, the script used is small: on every page there are two columns, each containing 57 lines. There is relatively little decoration aside from a few headpieces and some marginal drawings.
The manuscript was acquired by the diplomat and author Hanmer Lewis Dupuis (1829–1911), probably in Corfu, where he was consul. The British Museum purchased it from Dupuis in 1890 using the Bridgewater fund, bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (1756–1829).
- Article by:
- Peter Toth
In addition to the many surviving copies of Greek biblical texts, a wide range of manuscripts dealing with church services survive from the Byzantine era. Here, Peter Toth gives a brief overview of this material.