More Greek manuscripts online at the British Library

From the BL manuscripts blog I learn that a further 74 Greek manuscripts have been added to their online site.  The site uses proprietary technology to ensure that users can’t download images — perish the thought! — but is still better than nothing.

The blog post gives a list of manuscripts.  Previous lists just gave the shelfmark, but this time, thankfully, they have indicated the contents.

There’s quite a chunk of useful material here.  A few highlights:

  • Harley 5564 - Epiphanius of Salamis, De duodecim gemmis, 16th century.
  • Harley 5590 - Eusebius of Caesarea, Commentary on the Psalms, 16th century
  • Harley 5592 - Photius, Bibliotheca, 16th century
  • Harley 5593 - Works of Photius, Aristides, Philip of Side etc., 1555
  • Harley 5596 - Divinations, magic, etc., 15th century

I admit to rubbing my eyes a bit when it came to Harley 5593 — Philip of Side?  Investigation gives a bit more:

Harley MS 5593, ff 207-207v  — (3). Extracts from Philip of Side inc. (a) ἀλλ’ὁ θεὸς ἀνελθόντι τῷ βασιλεῖ εἰς τὸν ναὸν; (b) ὁ τοίνυν Βαλτάσαρ τὶ συμβησόμενα αὐτῷ δεινὰ μεμαθηκὼς.

Regular readers will remember that I commissioned a translation of all the fragments of Philip of Side, which is here. I wonder, therefore, what this is?  I’ve asked Andrew Eastbourne to take a look, and we’ll see.

In other news, I have emailed a Dutch academic to ask about people who might be willing to translate some Old Slavonic for us all.  I am, of course, thinking about the works of Methodius!

1 Response to “More Greek manuscripts online at the British Library”


  1. Tom

    This is precisely why things like this need be put online, who knows what can be found! the reference to Aristides is very interesting, I looked at the Greek page, but I can’t make anything out.