This 13th-century manuscript contains a copy of the collected works of Pseudo Dionysios the Areopagite, one of the most famous forgeries of Greek Christian literature. The unknown author, now dated to the 6th century, collects his mystical and theological treatises under the name of an Athenian disciple of the Apostle Paul known from the New Testament.
The works have soon become extremely popular and influential in the Christian world and were used and commented by leading church authorities. This copy preserves the full corpus in its typical Byzantine setting with introductions and commentaries, introduced by illuminated headpieces. Of particular note are the short hexametric epigrams written in golden ink, which precede each item.
The manuscript was acquired by the British Museum in 1858.
- Article by:
- Julie Boeten, Sien De Groot
- Art, The makers of Greek manuscripts, Scholarship
Byzantines were famous for inscribing verses in and on important objects including books. In this article, Julie Boeten and Sien de Groot explore the content, function and value of these so-called book epigrams.