De caelesti hierarchia, etc.

Dionysius, the Areopagite, Saint, 1st cent
[between 1600 and 1610]
Physical Description:
ff. iv + 94 + v + 27 + xi + 128 + 54 + 8 + 16 + 8 + v : paper ; 185 x 128 (ca. 135 x 95) mm.
Belonged to Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827). Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 9480). Purchased from L. C. Witten with funds from the Jacob Ziskind Charitable Trust in 1957.
In Greek.
Script: The codex is composed of several small manuscripts and booklets, each copied by a different scribe but all written in similar styles of minuscule, that were originally bound together in the 17th century shortly after being copied.
Part I: Carefully executed woven headpieces in black and red on ff. 1r and 7r; beginning of each portion of the text marked by large initial in red, accompanied by flowers outlined in red and filled with pale yellow. Rubrics stop on f. 22v. Part II: Crude headpiece (in imitation of that on f. 7r?) occurs on f. 100r. Large painted initials, in red, with vine-leaf appendages, mark sections of the text. Part III: Delicate floral headpiece on f. 138r: each flower is outlined in red and painted with pale grey and red washes; details added in black. More modest headpiece in similar style, but painted with yellow, occurs on f. 148v; intricate initials in same colors on ff. 138v and 148v. Part IV: Simple woven headpieces, in red, on ff. 266r and 269r. Initials with floral motifs accompany rubricated titles for each sermon; decoration is incomplete (stops on f. 320r). Part V: One initial, in black, occurs at the beginning of the text (f. 330r). Part VII: Small decorative initial and heading, in red, at the beginning of the work.
Binding: 18th-19th centuries. Rigid vellum, rebacked.
Manuscript on paper (variety of watermarks) of Part I: Dionysius the Areopagite, De caelesti hierarchia with the Paraphrasis of George Pachymeres. Part II: Dionysius the Areopagite, De divinis nominibus I.1-II.9, with Paraphrasis of George Pachymeres. Part III: Nicetas of Serres, Commentarius in Gregorii Nazianzeni orationes. Part IV: Theophanes Cerameus, Homiliae (text of 13 sermons). Part V: Andrew of Crete, Encomium in Martyres X. Part VI: Nicephorus Blemmydes, De anima. Part VII: Dionysius of Halicarnassus, De compositione verborum, extract (ch. 14-15).
Christian martyrs
Cosmology, Ancient
Fathers of the church
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
Sermons--Early works to 1800
Theology--Early works to 1800
Andrew, of Crete, Saint, approximately 660-740
Dionysius, of Halicarnassus
Dionysius,--the Areopagite, Saint,--1st cent
Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint
Nicephorus, Blemmydes, 1197-1272
Pachymeres, George, 1242-ca. 1310
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Manuscripts, Renaissance--Italy--17th century
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
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Access Restrictions:
Call Number:
Beinecke MS 260
Orbis Record:
Orbis Barcode:
Yale Collection:
Beinecke Library
Digital Collection:
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
oid pointer:
Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 260.
Dionysius the Areopagite, De Caelesti Hierarchia, etc. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Extent of digitization:
Partial work digitized.

Number of Pages: 14
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