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Cambridge (UK), Trinity College Library, O.1.32


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  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c.)
  • Genres: Treatises
  • Illustrations: Yes


M.R. James, no. 1056 (vol. 3, pp. 36sq; see bibliography and online resources).
Iter Psellianum nos. 795, 837

Continentur in hoc libello:
1. Michaël Pselli in Platonis Psychogoniam.
2. Ejusdem expositio dogmatum Assyriorum.
3. Joannis Camateri Synopsis de Astris & Rebus Cælestibus, ad Constantinum Porphyrogennitum. Citat librum selectum, et librum Lasbæ Babylonii.

See the entry in James above for description and contents. James calls the writing “plain”. It is not only (for the most part) easily legible, but exceedingly beautiful: unhurried and graceful, terpsichorean without being pretentious; classicists would do well to emulate it.

1r-29r Εἰς τὴν τοῦ Πλάτωνονς Ψυχογονίαν [=Patrologia Græca vol. 122, for which see bibliography and online resources].

5r  «Καὶ ἔστιν αὕτη ἐκ τῶν γενῶν τοῦ ὄντος...» Marginal note: “v. p. prox. schema.”

6r  At «Αὕτη δὲ ἡ δοκοῦσα διαίρεσις τῆς ψυχῆς...», a chart (not in Patrol. Gr.), made before the main text was written and which the text is written around, showing the division and subdivisions of the soul.
Ψυχή is divided into: οὐσία, δύναμις, ἐνέργεια.
Οὐσία is divided into: ὕπαρξις, ἁρμονία, εἶδος.
Ὕπαρξις is divided into: οὐσία, ταυτόν, θάτερον.

8v  Between «...πρὸς τὴν δευτέραν καὶ τὴν πρώτην. Ἕνα δὲ τῆς τετάρτης...» and «πρὸς τὴν δευτέραν, καὶ ἕνα τῆς πέμπτης...» is the chart at PG 122.1085.

12r  Marginal notes: “Porph.”, “Iambl.” and “Procl.” in Roman letters next to their names in the text.  (Cf. end of following work on the Assyrian Teachings.)

16r  After «Ὥστε εἶεν ἂν ἐφεξῆς οἱ ὅροι οὗτοι» is a chart similar to that at PG.122.1092, but not exactly the same.

17r  Pagina incipit, «...ἀπὸ μονάδος· ἐπίτριτον δὲ οὐκ ἔχει· τριπλασιάσας οὖν αὐτὸν τὸν ἑξηκοστὸν τέταρτον ποιῶ τὸν ἑκαστοστὸν ἐννενηκοστὸν δεύτερον...»  There is a chart on the right, in another color, of three columns of four rows.  The columns run as follows:
α’ – β’ – γ’
α’ – η’ – ξδ’
[blank] – θ – οβ
[blank] – [blank] – πα
A caption to the chart reads, «Ὀκταπλάσιος ὁ μὲν ὄγδοος τοῦ πρώτου, ὁ δὲ ἑξηκοστὸς τέταρτος τοῦ ὀγδόου· ἐπόγδοοι δὲ ὁ μὲν ἑβδομηκοστὸς δεύτερος, τοῦ ἑξηκοστοῦ τετάρτου, ὁ δὲ εἰκοστὸς πρῶτος, τοῦ ἑβδομηκοστοῦ δευτέρου.»

19v  To the side of «...[ποιῶν τὴν ἁρμονικὴν] μεσότητα, καὶ ὁ πεντακοσιαστὸς ἑβδομηκοστὸς ἕκτος, τὴν ἀριθμητικὴν...», a large marginal scholium in another color and not in PG, given room before it was written; I have inserted Indian numerals for ease of comprehension: «ὁ γὰρ πεντακοσιοστὸς δωδέκατος [512ος] ποιεῖ πρὸς μὲν τὸν τριακοσιοστὸν ὀγδοηκοστὸν τέταρτον [384ον] τὸν ἐπίτριτον λόγον. Πρὸς δὲ τὸν ἑπτακοσιοστὸν ἑξηκοστὸν ὄγδοον [768ον], τὸν ἡμιόλιον, ἐξ ὧν σύγκειται ὁ διπλάσιος, καὶ ὑπερέχει ὁ πεντακοσιοστὸς δωδέκατος [512ος]· τοῦ τριακοσιοστοῦ ἑβδομηκοστοῦ τετάρτου [374ου] τῷ τρίτῳ αὐτοῦ μέρει, ὑπερέχεται δὲ ὑπὸ τοῦ ἑπτακοσιοστοῦ ἑξηκοστοῦ ὀγδόου [768ου] τρίτῳ μέρει· ὁ δὲ πεντακοσιοστὸς ἑβδομηκοστὸς πέμπτος [575ος] πρὸς μὲν τὸν τριακοσιοστὸν ἑβδομηκοστὸν τέταρτον [374ον] τὸν ἡμιόλιον ποιεῖ λόγον· πρὸς δὲ τὸν ἑπτακοσιοστὸν ἑξηκοστὸν ὄγδοον 768ον] τὸν ἐπίτριτον ἀντιστρόφως καὶ ὑπερέχει καὶ ὑπερέχεται ἑκατέρων τῶν ἄκρων, μονάσιν· ,ρ[ϟ?]β.» The middle character of the last number resembles the scribe’s zetas, but that would not make sense as a number; if a qoppa is meant, the number would be 192. The scholium goes down to the end of the page, which ends, «...μεσότητας λαβεῖν, ἔσονται μεταξὺ τοῦ τε ἑπτακοσιοστοῦ ἑξηκοστοῦ ὀγδόου...»

20r  «...καὶ τοῦ χιλιοστοῦ πεντακοσιοστοῦ τριακοστοῦ ἕκτου [1536ου], ὁ μὲν [1024ος] ἁρμονικὴ μεσότης· ὁ δὲ χιλιοστὸς διακόσιος πεντηκοστὸς δεύτερος [1152ος] ἀριθμητικὴν.» There follows then a chart, not in PG, with two rows in eight column. The last two columns in the first row are united in one, but divided in the second:
ρ[ϟ?]β’ – σις’ – σμγ’ – σνς’ – σπη’ – τηδ’ – τξδς’’
τπδ’ – υλβ’ – υπς’ – φιβ’ – φος’ – χμη’ – ψηβ’ – ψξη’
The text resumes, «Εἰ δὲ καὶ τὸ δεύτερον ἐθελήσαιμεν καταπυκνῶσαι...»

21r-23r  Here, each taking a whole page, are graphs on PG 122.1096-1098.

29r  Desinit opus, «...τῷ ἑνὶ συνάπτει, καὶ ὑπερβὰς τὰ μέσα, αναφέρει τὰς περατώδεις τῆς ψυχῆς ἐπὶ τὴν ἀκρότητα.» [Μονοκονδύλιον.]

29v  De Doctrinis Assyriacis: Ἔκθεσις καφαλαιώδης καὶ σύντομος τῶν παρ’ Ἀσσυρίοις δογμάτων.  Incipit «Μετὰ τὸ ἕν, τὸν πατρικὸν φασι βυθόν, ἐκ τριάδων πληρούμενον...»

32v  Desinit opus, «...οἱ δὲ περὶ Πλωτῖνον, καὶ Ἰάμβλιχον, Πορφύριόν τε καὶ Πρόκλον, πᾶσι κατηκολούθησαν, καὶ ὡς θείας φωνὰς ταῦτα ἐδέξαντο.» [Μονοκονδύλιον.]

33r/v  Blank.