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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek – Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Gr. 173 (Phillipps 1577)


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 15th c. (15th c.)
  • Genres: Varia
  • Illustrations: No


Berolinus græcus 173 (Phillipps 1577, olim Meermann 287).
15th cent., paper.
Approx. 8x6.5 inches.
204 folios.
Studemund & Cohn no. 173 (pp. 75-77; see bibliography).

In a clear and lovely, archaizing miniscule mixed (with more taste than consistency) with several uncial letters (esp. ğamma and ðelta).  Occasional, playful excursions into the (otherwise almost entirely empty) margins (as, for example, a couple much oversized lunate sigmas at the tops of 5v and 35r).  Folios numbered in both Greek & Indian letters.

1r-42r  The extremely important satire, the «Ἐπιδημία Μάζαρι ἐν Ἅδου» (most recently edited by the Arethusa Seminar Classics, but originally by the colossal French editor, Jean François Boissonade de Fontarabie).

1r  For some reason labeled 203, but actually 1r (the following are correctly labeled 2, 3, &c.). On the left margin, perpendicular to the text, an inscription in a western language beyond our humble Greek palæographical skills.

10v, 11v  Some small Latin writing (on letter shapes?) in the lower lefthand corners.

36r/37v  See description of WEST.BERL.1.6.

42r  Desinit peregrinatio Mazaris ad inferos, «...τοὺς δὲ Πελοποννησίους ὡς οὐκ ἀκηκοότας ἥκιστα ἂν ἀνιάσαις· ὡς δοῦλος τῆς ἁγίας βασιλείας σου τολμήσας ἀνέφερον + »

As of July, 2011, not yet included in the Pinakes entry for the ms.; the two Pinakes links in Online Resources are for this particular manuscript and for the work in general (in other mss.).