Minuscule 880 (Gregory-Aland)

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New Testament manuscripts
Minuscule 880
Name Cod. Ottobonianus gr. 208
Text Gospels
Date 15th century
Script Greek
Now at Vatican Library
Size 21.2 cm by 13.8 cm
Type Byzantine
Category V
Note marginalia

Minuscule 880 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε526 (von Soden),[1][2] is a 15th-century Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament on paper. It has survived in complete condition.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 355 paper leaves (size 21.2 cm by 13.8 cm). The text is written in one column per page, 17 lines per page.[3][4]

The text is divided according to the κεφαλαια (chapters), whose numbers are given at the margin, and their τιτλοι (titles of chapters) at the top of the pages. There is also a division according to the Ammonian Sections, but without references to the Eusebian Canons.[5]

It contains pictures[5][6] and the large decorated initial letters at the beginning of each Gospel.[7] It has lectionary markings at the margin for liturgical reading.[1] According to F. H. A. Scrivener it is "a fine Evangelium".[6]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Kurt Aland placed it in Category V.[8] According to the Claremont Profile Method it represents textual family Kx in Luke 1, Luke 10 and Luke 20. It belongs to the textual cluster 17.[9]


The manuscript is commonly dated by former (F. H. A. Scrivener, C. R. Gregory) and present palaeographers (Aland) to the 15th century. Currently the manuscript is dated by the INTF to the 15th century.[4] It was written by George Hermonymus, the Spartan, who settled at Paris in 1472.[5] In Paris Hermonymus was a scribe, scholar and lecturer. He was a teacher for Reuchlin and Budeus.[10]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener (705e),[6] Gregory (880e). Gregory saw it in 1886.[5]

It was examined and described by Ernesto Feron and Fabiano Battaglini[7] (along with minuscule 386 and 878).[5]

Currently the manuscript is housed at the Vatican Library (Ottobonianus gr. 208), in Rome.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Soden, von, Hermann (1902). Die Schriften des neuen Testaments, in ihrer ältesten erreichbaren Textgestalt / hergestellt auf Grund ihrer Textgeschichte 1. Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker. p. 208. 
  2. ^ Gregory, Caspar René (1908). Die griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testament. Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung. p. 78. 
  3. ^ a b Aland, Kurt; M. Welte; B. Köster; K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 99. ISBN 3-11-011986-2. 
  4. ^ a b c "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments 1. Leipzig: Hinrichs. p. 229. 
  6. ^ a b c Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament 1 (4 ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 267. 
  7. ^ a b Ernesto Feron; Fabiano Battaglini (1893). Codices manuscripti Graeci Ottoboniani bibliothecae Vaticanae 2. Roma: Ex Typographeo Vaticana. p. 122. 
  8. ^ Aland, Kurt; Aland, Barbara (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.). Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1. 
  9. ^ Wisse, Frederik (1982). The Profile Method for the Classification and Evaluation of Manuscript Evidence, as Applied to the Continuous Greek Text of the Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 67. ISBN 0-8028-1918-4. 
  10. ^ Sathas, Kōnstantinos N. (1868). Νεοελληνική Φιλολογία, Βιογραφίαι των εν τοις γράμμασι διαλαμψάντων Ελλήνων από της καταλύσεως της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας μέχρι της Ελληνικής Εθνεγερσίας 1453-1821. Athens. pp. 67–69. 

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External links[edit]

  • "Liste Handschriften". Münster: Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Retrieved 3 September 2012.