The writings of the Christian theologians of the first millennium were hugely important for the Byzantine church. Sometimes, these texts were transmitted in manuscripts dedicated to specific authors or topics. Often, however, they would be arranged in homiliaries. These were volumes in which selected sermons, or homilies, by various theologians would be assembled and organised according to the church’s calendar, with suitable readings chosen for specific feast days.
This 12th-century manuscript is such a volume. It contains works by authors as well-known as John Chrysostom and Anastasius of Sinai, as well as less familiar names like Andrew of Crete. Red ink is used for titles and headings, as well as to indicate the specific feast for which each homily should be read. These homilies usually relate to a biblical passage in the day’s liturgy.
The manuscript later belonged to Giovanni Saibante of Verona (fl. 1st half of the 18th century), who collected many Greek manuscripts, especially those relating to the Church Fathers. It was purchased by the British Museum at a sale of the Saibante manuscripts in Paris in 1843.
- Full title:
- 12th century
- Anastasius of Sinai (author), Andrew of Crete (author), St John Chrysostom (author)
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Add MS 14066
- Article by:
- Peter Toth
A wide range of manuscripts contain the writings of early Christian theologians. Here, Peter Toth offers some guidance to this often complicated body of material.