A Descriptive Catalogue of the Greek Manuscript Collection of Lambeth Palace Library

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The Greek Manuscript Collection consists of fifty-five Greek codices acquired by LPL since its founding in 1610, including those received in 2006 from Sion College, an institution for clergy founded in the City of London in the late 1620s. Dated between the tenth and nineteenth centuries, these manuscripts include Gospel and Acts and Epistles Books and Lectionaries, an Octateuch with catena, patristic and other theological texts including works of John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nazianzus and John of Damascus, liturgical and hymnographic texts, classical texts by Aeschylus, Dionysios Periegetes, Pseudo-Aristotle, Plutarch, Lycophron and Demosthenes, chronographic and legal texts, post-Byzantine texts including an anonymous Chronicle in vernacular Greek and Damaskenos Stoudites, On Animals, and descriptions and collations of LPL manuscripts. Among the most important manuscripts is MS 461, containing a theological treatise on the procession of the Holy Spirit by George Scholarios (later Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Gennadios II), with his autograph signature, notes and corrections. The Descriptive Catalogue of the Greek Manuscript Collection of Lambeth Palace Library sheds light on textual, palaeographical and codicological aspects of these important manuscripts and advances our knowledge on the relations between the Anglican Church and the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchates between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, a period of major political and ecclesiastical changes in Europe and the Middle East. The Catalogue is published online in Adobe PDF format, thus further enhancing the accessibility of, and interest in, this collection among scholars and the public worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Holloway, University of London and Lambeth Palace Library
Number of pages553
Place of PublicationOnline
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2016


  • Greek manuscripts
  • Greek Palaeography
  • Greek texts
  • Greek theology
  • Byzantine Manuscripts
  • Byzantine Literature
  • Byzantine Church
  • Anglican Church
  • Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Patriarchate of Constantinople
  • Lambeth Palace Library
  • Lambeth Palace Library Greek Manuscript Collection
  • Orthodox Church
  • Orthodox theology
  • Byzantine hagiography
  • New Testament manuscripts
  • Old Testament Octateuch
  • Septuaginta
  • Sion College

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