The theological treatises of Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 329–389?) were hugely important for the Greek church in the Middle Ages, and they were widely copied. This manuscript contains a number of the sermons of Gregory, along with works by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and works attributed to the late antique author Nonnus. Written in a neat hand in two columns, the volume is filled with copious marginal annotations.
The manuscript has the distinction of being the oldest dated Greek manuscript in the British Library’s collections. A colophon indicates that it was completed in 972. It is a good example of the type of Greek manuscript produced by the Greek-speaking community in medieval Italy. It was purchased by the British Museum from one P. Rolandi in 1850.
- Full title:
- Sermons of Gregory of Nazianzus
- Gregory of Nazianzus (author), Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (author), Nonnus of Panopolis (author)
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Add MS 18231
- 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.
- Article by:
- Julie Boeten, Sien De Groot
- Art, Scholarship, The makers of Greek manuscripts
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.