Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
Greek
folio:
f192v-f193r
source:
octavo, reprocessed
sort order:
3940
Shelfmark:
MS. D'Orville 301 (formerly Auct. X. 1. inf. 2. 30)
Description:
The oldest surviving manuscript of the commoner version of Euclid's text, as edited by Theon of Alexandria in the 4th century AD. It was bought for 14 gold coins (nomismata) by Arethas of Patrae (bishop of Caesarea, 902-c. 939), who added many notes in his small uncial hand. Arethas's note stating that the scribe Stephanos finished the transcription in September AD 888 makes it the oldest manuscript of a classical Greek author to carry a precise date. Further notes were added from the 10th to the 14th centuries.
Collection:
Greek manuscripts at Oxford
Author:
Euclid
Title:
Elementa, Books I-XV
Type of Object:
Manuscript
Country of Origin:
Byzantine
Date:
888
Place of Origin:
Constantinople (?)
Scribe:
Stephanos the clerk
Material:
parchment
Extent:
iii 391 leaves, really iii 381 as nos. 356-365 were skipped in the foliation.
Dimensions:
212-219 x 177-187 mm. (leaf-measurements)
Decoration:
Original diagrams by the scribe
Catalogue reference:
Summary Catalogue no. 17179
Conditions of Access:
By permission of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Language:
Greek

Elementa, Books I-XV