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Medieval and Early Modern Greek Manuscripts : Act and Epistles book

Medieval and Early Modern Greek Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This manuscript of the Acts and Epistles was probably copied in the late 10th century or first half of the 11th. The various books are provided with introductory hypotheses, generally of standard type, although a more unusual supplementary note has been provided for the Second Letter to the Corinthians (<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(109);return false;'>f. [51]r, lines 7-15</a>). It is a plain production with minimal ornament, without even the use of red ink for initial letters or headings. These, and the hypotheses and chapter lists, are visually marked out from the main texts only by the use of majuscule script.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Unusually, the manuscript probably reached western Europe during the Middle Ages. This is indicated by the presence of occasional Latin glosses in a medieval hand, written in an early form of pencil and now seriously blurred (e.g. ff. <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(1);return false;'>109v</a>, <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(1);return false;'>110v</a>). It probably passed into western hands no earlier than the 12th century, as suggested by a Greek annotation whose style of script suggests that it dates to that period (<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(1);return false;'>f. 128r</a>). However, its specific provenance cannot be traced before the second half of the 16th century, when it was owned by one Samuel Wright, a former student of Emmanuel, who donated it to the college.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dr Christopher Wright</p>

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