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Four greek pieces, written in the 15th cent.

MS. D'Orville 110

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  1. (fol. 1) 'Βίος καί πολιτία τών άγίων τού Χρίστου Συσιννίου καί Συσιννοδώρου τών αύταδελφων τής άγίας Μελετίνης.'
  2. (fol. 4) 'Πίναζ τής παρούσης πυκτίδος περιέχων θεραπείας διαφόρους όλου τού σώματος καί πάντος πάθους' διά λίθων καί βοτανών ζώων τε τετραπόδων πετεινών καί ίχθύων θαλασσίων.'
  3. (fol. 124) 'Περί τού γένους Πινdάρον', a life of Pindar: beg. 'Πίνδαρος τό μέν γένος', ends (imperfect) 'τής ποιητικής γραφής καί'
  4. (fol. 133) A fragment of a treatise stated to be about scholastic philosophy: beg. 'To μέν στενόν τής διανίας', ends 'έστί τικόν.

The list is incomplete at end: the body of the work begins on fol. 25 with two prologues (begg. θεού δώρον μέγιστον, and τή οίκεία θυγατρί, connecting the book with Hermes Trismegistus and Harpocration): the text beg. ''Αρχή τού αλφα στοιχίου. Κεφαλαίου πρώτον, περί άμπέλων ...': ends (some leaves lost) 'φοβήθητε τόν είπόντα in chap. 216, out of 231, but 230-31 are on fols. 22v-24v.

This treatise is very similar to one described in Harles's Fabricius Bibl. Græca i. 70 (from a Madrid MS. Greek no. 110, very fully catalogued in Iriarte's Catalogue [1769] p. 431), entitled Kυρανίς, and stated to be translated from the Syriac: it belongs to the series of mystic works attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. In both MSS. besides the four books of the Kνρανίς there are added other kindred chapters.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


138 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)


MS. D'Orville 110

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 4. 8

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 16988

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. D'Orville.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 3/8 × 5 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom