Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115 and Its Archetype

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For almost three centuries, scholars have debated the credibility of the information provided in the colophon of Codex Parisinus graecus 1115. According to this inscription, the manuscript was copied in the year 1276 from another manuscript dating back to the year 774/5; the archetype originated in the papal library at Rome and contains a partial record of the Greek holdings of the library.

The majority of the texts included in the manuscript come from florilegia related to the ecumenical councils. This volume examines the use of florilegia—anthologies of earlier writings—by these councils. Analysis of the contents of the manuscript provides new information concerning, among other things, the beginning of the Filioque controversy and the use of Iconophile florilegia by the seventh ecumenical council in 787. Also revealed is the archetype's role in the negotiations between Rome and Constantinople that led to the Union of the Churches, proclaimed at the Council of Lyons II in 1274, and the indirect involvement of Thomas Aquinas through his Contra Errores Graecorurn.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884022343
  • Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Dumbarton Oaks Studies Series, #34
  • Pages: 456

Meet the Author

Alexander Alexakis is an assistant professor of Byzantine Christianity in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and research associate in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • List of Manuscripts Cited
  • List of Illustrations
  • I. The Use of Florilegia in Church Councils
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. The Florilegia of the Council of Ephesus (431)
    • 3. The Florilegium of the Council of Chalcedon (451)
    • 4. The Florilegia of the Council of Constantinople 11(553)
    • 5. The Lateran Council of 649
    • 6. The Florilegia of the Council of Constantinople III (680/81)
    • 7. The Iconoclastic Florilegia of the Synods of Hiereia (754) and St. Sophia (815)
    • 8. The Florilegia of the Roman Synods of 731 and 769
    • 9. Conclusions

  • II. Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Bibliographic Survey
    • 3. The Additional Part of Codex P and the Epistles Related to the Council of Ephesus
    • 4. The Collectio Epistularum from the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Ecumenical Councils
      • Fourth Ecumenical Council
      • Fifth Ecumenical Council
      • Sixth Ecumenical Council

    • 5. Dogmatic Texts in the Form of Ερωταποκρíσεiς: Hodegos (parts I and II), Testimonia e Scriptura, and De Dogmatum Solutione
    • 6. The Parts from the Doctrina Patrum
    • 7. The Florilegium on the Procession of the Holy Spirit
    • 8. The Collection of Miscellanea
      • Historica et Canonica
      • Canonica et Dogmatica

  • III. The Iconophile Florilegiuin of Parisinus Graecus 1115
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. The Adversus Iconoclastas
    • 3. Restoring the Initial Extent of the Iconophile Florilegiurn of 770: P and the Iconophile Florilegia of M and V
      • The Two Letters of Pope Gregory II to Leo III
      • The Adversus Constantinum Caballinum and the
        Νονθεσíκ γεροντος περì των αγíων εiκóνων

    • 4. The Original of F, M, and Y (=F) and Other Florilegia
      • The Florilegium of the Roman Councils of 731
        and 769
      • The Doctrina Patrum
      • The Florilegia of John of Damascus
      • Conclusions

    • 5. F and the Acts of Nicaea 11 (787)
      • Introduction
      • PVM and the Quotations of Nicaea II
      • Conclusions

    • 6. F and Works Later than Nicaea II

  • IV. On the Use of Florilegia by the Seventh Ecumenical Council, Nicaea II, 787
  • V. The Archetype of Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115, the Liber de Fide Trinitatis (Libellus) of Nicholas of Cotrone, and the Treatise Contra Errores Graecorum of Thomas Aquinas
    • 1. The Treatise Contra Errores Graecorum of Thomas Aquinas and the Libellus of Nicholas of Cotrone
    • 2. The Libellus and the Archetype of Paris. gr. 1115

  • VI. Conclusions
    • 1. The Nature of the Archetype of Paris. gr. 1115
    • 2. The Availability of Greek Books in Rome until the Ninth Century

  • Appendices
    • I. List of Contents of Parisinus Graecus 1115 (fols. 235v–283v not included)
    • II. List of Contents of Folios 235v–283v of Parisinus Graecus 1115 (Iconophile Florilegium)
    • III. List of Contents of the Iconophile Florilegium of Mosquensis Historici Musei 265 (Vladimir 197)
      (M) (fols. 142–241)
    • IV. List of Contents of the Iconophile Florilegium of Venetus Marcianus Graecus 573 (V) (fols. 2–26)
    • V. Concordance of Appendices II–IV and Other Iconophile Florilegia
    • VI. Possible Stemma of Iconophile Florilegia

  • Addenda
  • Bibliography
  • General Index
  • Index of Proper Names
  • Index of Works Cited
  • Index of Manuscripts Cited
  • Index of Modern Authors

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