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Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Syr. 58 (Vat. sir. 58)


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c. (1584-1586))
  • Genres: Religious misc.
  • Illustrations: No


Vaticanus syrianus (sive Vat. siriaco) 58.  A.D. 1584-1586.  Bombycine paper.  204 folios.  Partly water-damaged, but very legible throughout.

Contents in Latin.  At the bottom of 1r, "Deest una charta."

The Assemani mark this in their catalogue as 203 folios. The text proper ends on 202v, with an eight-or-so-word subscription in Arabic. Folio 203 (numbered as such) is blank on the recto; the verso begins three pages of what appear to be probationes pennæ, mostly in Syriac but also some in Arabic.

For a description, see Assemanus & Assemanus (Apostol. Vat. Codd. Mann. Catalogus) vol. 2, pp. 342-354 in Bibliography and Online Resources. The 1719-1728 catalogue by the elder Assemanus (also Bibliography and Online Resources) is quite detailed, with copious extracts in Syriac with Latin translation; it is in three volumes by faction: Orthodox (vol. 1), Monophysite (vol. 2) and Nestorian (vol. 3, in two parts).  Our links are to vol. 2 of the first work and all 3 [=4] vols. of the latter.

Fols. 118v-136r (Assemanus nos. 11 & 12, p. 348)  History of Pseudo-Methodius, from Adam; important for the Alexander tradition. See "Further Bibliography" in Online Resources for critical edition by Brock and edition with translation by Martinez. Translation of the entire history from this ms. by P.J. Alexander (see Bibliography; Appendix 2 (pp. 36-51); also cf. pp. v, 3, 15, 16 (n7), 30, 52, 166 et alibi) available online under Online Resources.