BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Beinecke MS 367 Byzantium, s. XVI^^2
Olympiodorus, In Platonis Gorgiam Commentaria, etc. (in Greek)
1. ff. 1r-192v
[Greek]. [first lemma from text
of Plato:] [Greek]. [text of
[Greek]...[texts ends abruptly:]
[Greek]// catchword: [Greek]
Olympiodorus, In Platonis Gorgiam Commentaria; W. Norvin, ed.,
Olympiodori Philosophi in Platonis Gorgiam Commentaria (Leipzig, 1936)
pp. 1-231. The Olympiodorus text is divided into [Greek]; each
numbered with Greek notation; the last numbered one (f. 184r) is [Greek] which
begins with the Plato lemma [Greek]; but
another [Greek] (unnumbered) begins on f. 190r, with the words
[Greek]. The numbering of [Greek] is
disturbed from f. 62r until the end, since one is left titled but unnumbered;
its number is assigned to the following section.
2. f. 193r-v [Greek].
Text from a portion of a lexicon, including middle of M through
middle of O; the text provides multiple synonyms for each word.
3. f. 194r-v
catchword, in lower margin: [Greek]
Unidentified and incomplete philosophical text.
Paper (watermarks in gutter; similar to Briquet Ancre 558, but without
countermark), ff. ii (paper) + 194 + ii (paper), 203 x 152 (136 x 85) mm. 19
long lines, ruled faintly in hard point.
I-XXIV^^8, XXV^^2. Catchwords for each gathering on verso, near inner bounding
Written by one scribe in a typical scholarly hand of the period. Marginal
notes in same or nearly contemporary hand, in brown and red.
Headpiece, f. 1r, stylized floral motifs in green, orange and purple.
2-line initials with stylized floral motifs, 1-line initials and headings in
red. Diagrams of philosophical distinctions and genealogy.
Waterstains in all margins; text only affected on f. 1r. Repairs with
paper strips in margins of f. 1r.
Binding: s. xvi-xvii. Sewn on three leather supports laced into made
boards. The round spine is lined with coarse cloth extending nearly to the
center on the outside of the boards. Covered in dark brown leather,
blind-tooled, with lettering in ink near the head of the spine. Some
Written in Byzantium in the late 16th century. Undeciphered note in
Arabic on leaf attached to first flyleaf at front is followed by the
date 1630. Acquired by the Phrontisterion of Trebizond on 5 Jan. 1845,
according to a note on first flyleaf, recto: "[Greek] 194./
[Greek]./ [Greek] 1845.
[Greek]. 5"; also stamp on f. 1r. No. 940 in an unidentified collection (tag
on spine). Note in Turkish (19th- or 20th-century cursive, in pencil, also on
the leaf attached to the first flyleaf) states the contents of the codex and
mentions Trebizond. Belonged to Prof. Oskar Rescher from whom it was acquired
Bibliography: R. S. Brumbaugh, "The Puzzle of the Copyist of Yale's
Olympiodorus Manuscript," Studia Codicologica (1977) pp. 113-15 [to be
used with caution].
Barbara A. Shailor