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  • Zc77sx52q?file=thumbnail
    Creator: John Chrysostom, Saint, -407
    Date: 11xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript leaves.;Titles from opening rubrics.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 33 lines; 33 lines ruled with a dry point on the hair side across the full width of the leaf; pricking marks are not visible.;Script: Written in a very regular roundish, smooth flowing hand, letters mostly connected, except where an omicron appears in either the medial or initial position; pendant in brown ink with a rather wide reed pen. The letters slant slightly in the direction of the line of writing with no spacing between words. There are very few uncial letters and none are enlarged abnormally.;Decoration: On fol. 1v at the point in the text to which the reference is made is an outlined penwork initial "A" in red ink with knotted stems and leaf arm in the middle margin. On fol. 2r where Homily 40 on Genesis commences is an ornamental penwork band in red ink, with the width of the column (15 x 75 mm) consisting of running leafy acanthus scrollwork which forms within the running patterns three palmettes shapes, all within double ruled frame with corner trefoil finials. The initial letter phi in red is formed of a compass drawn circle (20 mm in diameter) the inner side with running acanthus leaf pattern, resting on a cone-shaped pedestal supporting the central stem of the letter which had foliate bands, topped by a slender two-part folial finial anchored to the lower by a bud the pointed end of which emerges opposite the end of the stem of the phi inside the top of the circle.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Two leaves with fragmentary portion of at least Homilies 39 (Patrologia Graeca 53, 359) and 40 (PG 53.568) on Genesis; originally used as binding for a book containing Demosthenes in Greek, the name preserved in the space covering the spine.
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  • Z029pc39b?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379 and Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 1xxx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript leaves;Titles from opening rubrics (fol. 1r; fol. 3v).;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 30 lines; 30 lines ruled with a dry point on the hair side. Because the leaves have been trimmed to fit the codex as endleaves, all pricking marks have been cut away.;Script: Written in a regular, open, rounded cursive hand, not very large, with a slightly rightward slant, the scribe mixes uncial and minuscule letters and uses small accents and square breathings and the iota adscript.;Decoration: Decorative penwork between the homilies (red ink for penwork and title). Decorated initial with red and blue colors.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Saint Basil's Homily 19 on the Holy Martyrs and Homily in Lacizis. Two bifolia attached at the spine edge, having served as endsheets in a binding.
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  • Pc289r53w?file=thumbnail
    Creator: GermanosII, Patriarch of Constantinople, 1175?-1240
    Date: 15xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Titles from heads of Greek and Latin texts.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 35-39 lines; the text is not ruled for either the Greek or Latin sections, however, the margins of the Greek text have been ruled with pencil.;Script: The Greek hand is that of a modern scholar in a flowing open hand. Title in minuscule.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Sermon on the Annunciation in Greek followed by a Latin translation.;Binding: Bound in vellum over boards; title in ms. on spine: Germanus Patriarcha in Annunc. B. Mariae Graece Manuscr.; endleaves with "Pro Patria" watermark and counter mark of "C & I Honig" very nearly the same as that in Heawood "Pro Patria" 3697 (1724-1726).
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  • 0r967b58z?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Orthodox Eastern Church
    Date: 1400~
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 22-23 lines; unruled.;Script: Three different hands and papers are used, as follows: Scribe I: fol. 1r-250v, 271r-309v; Scribe II: fol. 252r-270v (dated 1689); and Scribe III: fol. 310r-312v. Hand I comprises most of the text and is remarkably consistent throughout with a use of both the uncial and minuscule forms, and numerous abbreviations. In general the hand, which is small with numerous tachygraphic elements, has a fast-moving, facile presentation with a frequent use of high points, diaeresis, commas and for the end of sections the :-. Hand II represents the effort to include the missing leaves when the book was rebound in the seventeeth-century. It is a scratchy, hastily written piece of work undertaken to fill the missing pages of The Orthodox Faith to which he has added Concerning those who have Died in the Faith (a work dubiously attributed to St. John of Damascus). Hand III is another example of an undistinguished seventeenth-century hand, but more unpracticed than the scratchy Hand II.;Decoration: Throughout the manuscript the scribe, or scribes, have used illustrative diagrams within the text: fol. 15v, 25v, 76r, 77v, 110v, 204v, 279v, and 281r. Ornamental headpieces of penwork in reddish brown appear on fol. 1v, 7v, 49v, 78r, 271v, 278v, 281v, 284r, 290r, 291r, 292v, 307v. Ornamental initial letters in reddish brown appear throughout the text, and where appropriate section numbers are in the margins in the same reddish brown ink.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Orthodox Church miscellany, including St. John of Damascus's Dialectics; other authors are Gelasius Cyzicensus and St. Sophronius of Jerusalem. Also includes The Ten Commandments.;Binding: The binding is contemporary with the textblock; it is of parchment over paste boards with red sprinkled edges, slightly trimmed to accommodate the inserted leaves. The endsheets of cream soft paper appears to be Italian although there are no identifiable watermarks.
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  • 2f75rg77p?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Gregory, of Nyssa, Saint, approximately 335-approximately 394
    Date: 15xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Collation: Paper (Briquet 667), fol. 50 ; 1-5¹⁰ ; quires signed A-E by a later hand ; catchwords are written vertically in the lower gutter on the verso of the last leaf of each quire.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 24 lines.;Watermarks: All but one bifolium have the watermark of an angel within a circle with a quatrefoil extending from the top (Briquet 667); the remaining bifolium has the initials FR countered by an angel within a circle with a six-point star extending from the top (Briquet 649-656).;Script: The hand is a small, tight minuscule, leaning slightly to the right, with 42 to 44 characters per line, written in black ink. Headings in a bright red ink. The scribe has been identified as under the employ of Andreas Darmarios in Italy, by commission of Bartolomé́́ Llorente.;Decoration: Ornamental initials in deep red to deep reddish orange at the beginning of each homily.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Origin: Italy. See notes on script.;Saint Gregory of Nyssa's sermons I-VIII on the Beatitudes (Patrologiae Graeca 44, 1193-1301);Binding: Nineteenth-century binding of tan calf; tooled in blind, panels on upper and lower covers with ornamental stamps in each corner and along spine; sewn on four double cords.
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  • 0r967b57p?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint
    Date: 08xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 31 lines. 31 lines ruled on the hair side running across the gutter.;Script: Written in a very small roundish regular cursive hand, suspended, with small rounded breathing marks with a slight inclination in the direction of the line of text; in brown ink, ca. A. D. 1000. There is a mixture of uncial and minuscule characters, notable lambda, kappa, pi, phi, delta and theta. The text appears to have been written by a very experienced scribe who writes clearly with separation between letters (average of 17 letters for 4 cm)--but not between words--and quite rapidly.;Decoration: Each work has been provided with ornamental scribal titles under Pi-shaped headpieces containing interlacing scrollwork, leaves and flowers in cream, green, red, and blue (fol. 1r, 22r, 25v, 42v and 54r). Ornamental colored initial letters begin each work. In the upper margin above the decorative headpiece in the scribal hand is the number of each logos. In the margins opposite the opening for each sermon, a later hand in very dark ink has supplied the number of the leaves in that section. The headpiece for each of the sections (fol. 9r: 70 x 98 mm) surrounds on three sides a trefoil (38 x 52 mm), opening at the bottom of the frame, and is filled with trailing vines and leaves culminating in blossoms encircled by tendrils of dark bluish green and tan back ground, ranging from medium yellow to medium olive brown now much flaked.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Binding: A modern binding of natural calf leather over binder's boards, with a center square panel tooled in blind. With recently added parchment (calf) endsheets, sewn very tightly on four raised cords and in the binding process heavily pressed. Some modern repairs to the corner of f. 1 at the tail and f. 18 at the head corner (50 x 10 mm). Ancient repairs to a hole in the parchment may be seen on f. 40 at the tail and on f. 49.
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  • D217qx52k?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Dorotheus, of Gaza, Saint, active 6th century
    Date: 1000~
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by the cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 27 lines; 27 lines ruled on the hair side; some pricking marks visible in the fore edge margin.;Script: Three scribal hands represented: Scribe I: fol. 1-51r; Scribe II: fol. 51v-60r; Scribe III: fol. 60v-81v. Hand I is carefully constructed, with small precisely inscribed letters with a very fine nib in a brown ink, with a slight rightward slant in the direction of the writing. The small letters evenly spaced and with ample spacing between the lines give a "lacy" appearance. Uncials and minuscules are mixed. Hand II takes up on fol. 51v at the beginning of a new section. The ink, however, appears to be nearly the same color as that which precedes. Scribe II is less crafty and writes with greater haste than Scribe I. His letters are squarer in appearance. The hand is slightly more rightwardly slanted than that of Scribe I, but the combination of uncial and cursive letters appears to be nearly the same proportion. Hand III commences on fol. 60v with no perceptible change in ink color. Letter characteristics are the same for the period as of those of Hand I and II. However, the scribe is either careless or in great haste. Nearly vertical, they are openly spaced and poorly formed.;Decoration: In addition to titles in semi uncials, each section has been provided with ornamental scribal penwork divisions which extend with one exception across the width of the writing space and, again with one exception, only the height of one line. An example of the manuscript's ornamental penwork: the initial "T" is outlined at the head of fol. 51v; the stem is knotted and banded, terminating at the base with divergent curled foliage, the left form culminating in a point. The cross bar has acanthus leaf terminals, facing, and the top of the stem a fleur-de-lis finial with pointed element. The letter extends the length of seven lines of text.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Doctrines11-17, 19-20, 22-23 of Dorotheus of Gaza; also includes a life of Dorotheus, several homilies by St. Basil, and Oration 16 by St. Gregory Nazianzen.;Binding: Covers wanting; some sewing remains; sewn using a chain-link type stitch; sewing stations measure from the head; v-notches cut with knife; sewing thread multi-filament s-twist unbleached linen.
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  • W95057035?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Maximos Peloponnēsios
    Date: 16xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by the cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 21 lines; unruled.;Script: The entire manuscript is written by one scribe. The hand is regular, open and carefully executed minuscule with alternate use of uncial and minuscule characters that slants to the right. The titles are written in red minuscules, the same as the text.;Decoration: Each section of the manuscript, except the portion containing the contents of the volume, has been supplied with a headpiece, a running penwork ornament with variations on several themes. Occasionally an ornamental red initial letter appears in the left margin and on occasions within the text itself.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Kyriakodromion, a series of homilies for 36 Sundays, based on lectionary texts, by Maximos the Peloponnesian.;Binding: The Byzantine binding of full dark brown goatskin over wooden boards is original. All edges of the boards are grooved, coming to a "Y" at the edges with the full thickness of the boards maintained at the corners on which the binder has placed a cross composed of five round elements supported on either side by annular stamps of two concentric circles. In the center of the panel formed by the frame is a lozenge (25 x 25 mm) with an unidentifiable combination of figures within, accented at the four corners a cruciform stamp, composed of five circles.
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  • B2774344j?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint
    Date: 0935~
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript gatherings.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 2 columns of 26 lines; 26 lines ruled on the hair side.;Script: The hand is a fine example from about 935. The smooth, flowing characteristics are those found in the period before 950. It is a clearly written minuscule hand, vertical, round and open, with distinctive penlifts. There are few uncials strewn throughout the text. Some later marginal notes; two alphabets written upside down in the fore-margin of fol. 6.;Decoration: Elegant pi-shaped headpieces appear on fol. 1r, 3v, 23v, 34v, and 37r. At the beginning of each section a decorated initial is supplied, and the numbers for the sections appear in the margins in Greek uncials, diplé. The illuminated headpieces, in metropolitan style, consist of flowers, leaves, quatrefoils or palmettes in blue, with red highlights, on gold panels. The title is written in gold majuscules inside the headpiece. The opening initials are set in the margins outside the column of text and are in gold, except that on f. 34v, which is in blue and red on a gold ground.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Part only of a larger manuscript, the volume is now misbound; fol. 1-4 should follow fol. 38. Fol. 12 and 34 are defective, affecting only a few letters in the former instance but with a loss of nine lines of one column and several letters of the other in the latter. Includes: Sermon 5 (Patrologiae Graecae XXXV, 664-720); Sermon 37 (PG XXXVI, 281-308); Sermon 13 (PG XXXV, 852-856); Letter 202 (PG XXXVII, 329-333); Moral poems 3 (PG XXXVII, 632-640); Dogmatic poems 32 (PG XXVII, 513); Letter 26 (PG XLVI, 1101-1108; PG XXVII, 586), attributed to Gregory of Nyssa by Migne.;Binding: Modern binding, English early nineteenth-century red calf morocco, marbled boards, gilt spine (bound for Lord Guilford).
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  • 1c18dp37v?file=thumbnail
    Creator: John Chrysostom, Saint, -407
    Date: 15xx
    Contributing Institution: Duke University Libraries
    Description: Forms part of the Kenneth Willis Clark Collection of Greek Manuscripts (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University);Format: Manuscript codex.;Title supplied by cataloger.;Layout: Written in 1 column of 25-31 lines.;Script: The letters are generously spaced and each is formed with deliberation and there is a tendency to roundness, but not particularly beautifully formed, especially as seen in the looping characteristics of the ligatures.;Decoration: Throughout, in the upper and lower margins, the scribe has written in reddish bown ink references to other passages from which the text of the homilies have been taken, or to which the references in the text refer. Four small dots in a pinkish-red ink (different in many places from the ink that is used for the titles to the individual homilies), in a lozenge pattern, are used as signe des renvoies. The water damage, however, has obliterated most of corresponding signs in the margins. The ormamentation is simple: penwork in the ink of the text accented sometimes with red and black. Other ornamentation could include: guilloche pattern, buds filled with blackdots, cordiform scrolls, trefoil pattern.;Title cataloged from existing description.;Bound out of order; because of water damage to the spine, the leaves have been guarded together without regard to textual sequence. General contents: Homilia III, Ecologa de poenitentia; Homilia IV, Ecologa de jejunio et temperantia [PG 63, 595]; Homilia VII, Ecologa de humilitate animi [PG 63, 615-622]; Homilia VIII, Ecologa de anima [PG 63, 621-624]; Homilia IX, De non contemnenda Ecclesia Dei et sanctis mysteriis [PG 63, 623-632]; Homilia X, Ecologs de providentia [PG 63, 631-638]; Homilia XI, De Divitiis et Pauperiate [PG 63, 637-641]; Homilia XXIV, De peccato et confessione [PG 63, 731-743];Binding: Multiple undefinable signatures made up by the binder because of substanial water damage. Bound in board covered with dark brown paste paper. Blank endsheets, one each inside the upper and lower cover, added by the binder are the same paper as that found in Duke Greek MS 80.
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