Collection of Excerpts (Loci Communes) on Moral Topics
In Greek, manuscript on parchment
Byzantine Empire, c. 1000-1100
This manuscript is among the oldest witnesses of the most important and influential sacro-profane Greek florilegia, erroneously attributed to the seventh-century author St. Maximus the Confessor. The earliest witnesses to the text only date from the tenth century. Previously unknown to scholars and not appearing in the critical edition, the manuscript presents a version of MaxII, or the long recension of the text. The volume is also remarkable for its fine calligraphy, its relatively well-preserved medieval Greek binding, and its attractive illuminated headpiece and headbands.