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Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, gr. 2109


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  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c.)
  • Genres: Exegesis
  • Illustrations: No


BnF Ancien fonds: Codex parisinus græcus 2109 (Mazarinus-Regius 3489; BnF cod. 21.378; olim 273; olim [852?]).  Paper, sixteenth century, 48 folios.  Michael Psellus on prophecies and demons. Gautier's De Dæmon. ms. I; Boissonade's C.

The scribe is the great Ζαχαρίας Καλλιέργης of Réthymno, very important to the development of Greek print. See Sathas, Hody, Sandys (pp. 80, 104, 107sq.), Barker (ch. 5) and Vogel & Gardthausen in the Bibliography and Online Resources. Besides those of his mss. listed in Vogel & Gardthausen are (prob. among others) Bodley Holkham gr. 85; Oxon. Coll. Corp. Chr. 100; Oxon. Coll. Nov. 230, 236, 260, 270, 297; Paris gr. 2202, 2811; Rome Vallic. E. 36.  See "More manuscripts from this scribe" in Online Resources for ones listed in Πίνακες.

In our Online Resources, see "Escorial Copyist" for a black-and-white from his Scorialensis 510 (Revilla-Andrés; =nota antiqua ω.i.9) and "Omont: Fac-similés" for a page from his Paris. gr. 2854. The best print facsimiles will probably be in the Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten (1.119, 2.156, 3.197). Barbour (no. 107; see Bibliography) shows part of Oxford New College MS 270, fol. 298v. Another facsimile is in in Greek Manuscripts in the Bodleian (anno 1966; plate 20).

1r-20  Michael Psellus on the Zoroastrian (Chaldæan) Oracles.

1r-18v  Ἐξήγησις εἰς τὰ λεγόμενα χαλδαϊκὰ λόγια (TLG 2702.011, opusc. 38 (pp. 126-146); Iter Psellianum no. 834 (PHI.111; pp. 290-293); PG 122:1124-1149). Incipit, «Ἔστι καὶ εἰδώλων μερίς, εἰς τόπον ἀμφιφάοντα: Εἴδωλα λέγεται παρὰ τοῖς φιλοσόφοις τὰ συμφυῆ μὲν κρείττοσιν, ἐλλάττονα δὲ ἐκείνων τυγχάνοντα...»  Cf. also Parisini grr. 1039, 1182 and 1823.  The Oracles are TLG 1550.001.

18v-20v  Τοῦ αὐτοῦ ἔκθεσις κεφαλαιώδης καὶ σύντομος τῶν χαλδαίοις δογμάτων (TLG 2702.011, pp. 146-148; Iter Psellianum no. 835 (PHI.112; pp. 293sq.); PG 122:1149-1153).  Incipit, «Ἑπτὰ φασὶ σωματικοὺς κόσμους...» Cf. Parisini grr. 1182, 1823 and 2832.

12v  Ποιναὶ μερόπων ἀγετεῖραι [sic: ed. ἄγκτειραι: 2702.011, p. 139; cf. TLG 550.001, no. 161]. «Οἱ μὲν ἀναγωγοὶ ἄγγελοι, ἀνάγουσι τὰς ψυχὰς ἐφ' ἑαυτοὺς ἐκ τῆς γενέσεως ἐφελκόμενοι...»

12v  Σύμβολα πατρικὸς νόος ἔσπειρε ταῖς ψυχαῖς [cf. TLG 1550.001, no. 108, «Σύμβολα γὰρ πατρικὸς νόος ἔσπειρεν κατὰ κόσμον», and Proclus TLG 4036.009, §52].

13r  «Ὥσπερ ἡ μωσαϊκὴ βίβλος κατ' εἰκόνα θεῷ πλάττει τὸν ἄνθρωπον...» (TLG 2702.011, p. 140).

20v-26r  Psellus or Pseudo-Psellus, De operatione dæmonum apud gentiles: Τίνα περὶ δαιμόνων δοξάζουσιν Ἕλληνες (Iter Psellianum no. 708 (THE.165; pp. 220-222); PG 122:876-881). The great Boissonade's edition comes from this manuscript (Paris. gr. 2109). Cf. Paris Supplément grec 265.

In the margin is a note that reads, "Sequentis opusculi manu descriptum exemplar exstat cum versione anonymi, ad calcem Dialogi Michaelis Pselli de operatione Dæmonum, Græco-Latinè edente Gilberto Gaulmino Lut. Paris. 1615 in 8o, quod opus exstat in Bibliothecâ maximâ Parisianis sub num. R.1745."

26r-48v  Psellus or Pseudo-Psellus's "Timothy, or On Dæmons" («ὁ περὶ δαιμόνων λόγος», incipit «Χρόνιος, ὦ Θρᾷξ, ἐπὶ τὸ Βυζάντιον ἀπαντᾷς;») = Iter Psellianum no. 711 (THE.168; pp. 222-225)).  Cf. Paris. Coislin 228 & 280; Paris. grr. 39, 1310, 1997 and 2132.