Argenti, Eustratios, approximately 1687-approximately 1757 [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
Modern Greek (1453-)
circa 1700-1750.
1 v.([i-xi], 153 pages ; 122 x 79 (90 x 55) mm bound to 125 x 87 mm


Summary note
Greek manuscript of medical prescriptions which belonged to Eustratius Argenti, the Doctor and Theologian (1687-1755). It was probably written in his own hand. The manuscript is divided into two parts, the first entitled "Iatrosophion" (medical wisdom) and the second "Antidotarion" (a book of remedies). This vernacular manual consists of more than 240 remedies for several health conditions including earache ("eis ponon hōtiōn"), toothache ("eis ponon dontiou", "peri dontia hopou matōnoun"), headache ("eis ponon kephalēs"), for the head and the eyes ("peri kephalēs kai ommatiōn pany hōphelimon", "dia ta ommatia hotan echoun phagouran"), for dry hands ("matzouni hopou na skazoun ta cheria"), stomachache ("peri hotan chalasei to stomachi tou autou", "peri prēsmenēs koilias," "glykisma dia to goniko kai eis pasa ponon koilias," "matzouni hopou anoigei to stomachi"), for cough ("siropi dia vychan," "peri phōnēs vrachnēs kai eis kontovychan", "peri kalophōnias," "eis auton hopou echei vychan"), for the heart ("peri ponon kardias"), for sleep ("chapia hopou na koimountai ta paidia") and many more.
  • Title from page [3].
  • Ms. codex.
  • Physical description: 24 single lines per page; written in Greek script in black ink with elaborate initial letters and titles in red ink. On page [i], a full portrait of Hagios Iō[annēs] ho Chrysost[omos] is depicted blessing with his right hand and holding a book with his left; pages [iii-xi] and 111- 117 include table of contents: "Pinax akrivēs tou parontos iatrosophiou eklelegmenon hypo pollōn vivliōn periechon autō ta preponta, ta hopoia eisi tauta."
  • Princeton copy 1 Below the bookplate, attached a note by Philip Pandely Argenti (dated January 21, 1932), which states that the book figuring in the family bookplate is one of the works of Eustratius Argenti.
Binding note
Bound in leather over hard boards (blind-tooled decoration); leather spine; sewn on five raised bands.
Language note
Princeton copy 1 Book-plate on front paste-down paper in Greek reads: "Egō ton sporon espeira kata / tēs tyrannias / ex'hou kai thelei theristhē / karpos eleutherias." Below an image of an open book with the inscription in Greek: "Anthos tēs euseveias / syntethen para tou exochōtatou / iatrophilosophou Eustratiou / Argentou / en Leipsia tēs Saxōnias / 1757". At the bottom of the bookplate, in an open scroll, inscription in Latin notes: "Ex libris / Philippi Panteleonis Argenti / Chiensis."
Source acquisition
Princeton copy 1 Acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. AM 2017-15
Other standard number
  • C0879 (Princeton Greek MS. 125)
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