Menologion of Basil II

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The Menologion of Basil II (also called Menologium of Basil II, Menology of Basil II) is an illuminated manuscript designed as a church calendar or Eastern Orthodox Church service book (Menologion) that was compiled c. 1000 AD, for the Byzantine Emperor Basil II (r. 976–1025). It includes 430 miniature paintings by eight different artists. It was unusual for a menologion from that era to be so richly painted. It currently resides in the Vatican Library (Ms. Vat. gr. 1613).[1][2] A full facsimile was produced in 1907.[3]


Miniatures from the Menologion of Basil II
Jonah and the whale 
St. Hermione 
Anastasia of Persia 
Epimachus of Alexandria 
Holy Patriarchs 

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  1. ^ Siger, L. P. (2003). "Manuscript Illumination" from New Catholic Encyclopedia. Gale. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ John Haldon; Robin Cormack (15 January 2009). The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Oxford University Press. p. 736. ISBN 978-0-19-925246-6. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Codices e Vaticanis selecti phototypice expressi ivssv Pii. PP. X consilio et opera cvratorvm Bibliothecae vaticanae. [Series maior] no. 8, Fratelli Bocca, Turin, Italy, 1907.