The Akathistos hymn.

Manuscript, Book
Modern Greek (1453-)
Late 16th-early 17th centuries.
102 leaves : paper, illustrations ; 275 x 215 mm


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Summary note
Akathistos and other hymns.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Collation: Paper ; fols. ii + 102 ; foliation in the upper right corner in ink (19th century) and in ink numerals made by a numbering stamp machine in the center of the upper margin.
  • Layout: 15-24 long lines per page.
  • Description: Written in Late Hodegon-style script by three scribes ; each part of the manuscript was written by a different scribe ; Part I was written by Luke of Buzău in brown ink with initials and the concluding line of each oikos in red ; the titles are written in red epigraphic majuscules. Part II was written by two scribes ; the older one who wrote the Akathistos humn in brown ink, can be identified as Matthew of Myra ; a later scribe wrote a vernacular Greek paraphrase of the Akathistos hymn in black ink in a calligraphic script of the period with ink-drawn initials. Part III was written by a single scribe, whose is close to that of James of Canon. Titles and small initials in gold.
  • Decoration: Part I consists of twenty-five full-page miniatures, one for the prooimion and one for each of the twenty-four stanzas of the Akathistos hymn. Every miniature is roughly the same size and has a narrow gold frame with green or red panels in its four corners and at the center of each side. The colors used are fairly limited: gold, green, re, purple-red, deep purple, yellow and various browns. Part II lacks miniatures but is adorned with a remarkable series of painted initials, as well as with a frontispiece and several headpieces.
Binding note
The covers were reused from an Ottoman binding executed in a style popular from the late 15th century. The covers are panel-stamped on dark red goatskin over paper pasteboard, with gold paint added. The binding originally had an envelope flap, which is missing. The spine has been rebacked in black leather. The manuscript was conserved and rebound in a new conservation binding in the Princeton University Library Preservation Office in 2009.
Language note
Late Hodegon-style script.
Source acquisition
Gift ; Robert Garrett, Class of 1897 ; 1942.
Kotzabassi, Sofia. Greek manuscripts at Princeton, sixth to nineteenth century: a descriptive catalogue, pages 80-95.
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Also available in an electronic version.
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