Syriac and Manichaean-related materials on a British Library blog

Via MedievalEgypt on Twitter I learn of a valuable post on Manichaean-related materials in the British Library, here, by Ursula Sims-Williams:

One of the most important sources in the British Library is the Syriac manuscript Add.12150 which contains the treatise Against the Manicheans by Titus (d. 378) of Bostra (Bosra, now in Syria), translated from Greek. This codex is additionally important, being the oldest known dated Syriac manuscript, in near perfect condition, and copied in Edessa in the year 723 of the Seleucid era (AD 411).

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The final page of Titus of Bostra’s treatise Against the Manicheans. Vellum, dated AD 411 (Add.12150, f.156r).

The article goes on to discuss the manuscript of the Prose Refutations by Ephraim the Syrian, and the efforts of Charles Mitchell to edit these.  I well remember digitising his translation and uploading it, years ago.  He was a casualty of WW1.

I hope that the BL Asian and African Studies blog will do more on Syriac materials!

4 Responses to “Syriac and Manichaean-related materials on a British Library blog”


  1. Suburbanbanshee

    A manuscript from 411, and it looks cleaner than a lot of things written last week… amazing.

  2. Roger Pearse

    It is. Some of the pages are ragged at the edges and have been repaired, and some of the pages at the front are yellowed, but in general it’s in excellent condition. Bound in hardback, and folio size.

  3. Vic Swift

    Some Syriac materials from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities are available on the website of the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library. Search for ‘Syriac’ in Languages/Scripts on our Advanced Search page: http://idp.bl.uk/database/database_search.a4d.

  4. Roger Pearse

    Useful – thank you!



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