Sermons of Gregory of Nazianzus

Description

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
Created:
972
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Greek
Creator:
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
Shelfmark:
Add MS 18231

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