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Introduction

Sir Thomas Roe was born in 1580 or 1581, and matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1593, but took no degree. From 1614 to 1618 he was Ambassador to Jehângîr, the Mogul emperor of Hindustan, and from 1621 to 1628 to the Turkish Court. In 1628 he presented to the Library a collection of manuscripts brought from the East, chiefly Greek, which was received in 1629. In 1640 Roe was elected a burgess of the University in Parliament, and died in 1644.


Shelfmark MS. Roe 1
Summary Catalogue no. 247
Summary of contents Four Gospels || Cassiodorus, Historia tripartita (fragments used as endleaves).
Language Greek || Latin
Origin Byzantine, Constantinople (?) || ?
Date 12th century, second quarter || 12th century
Material parchment

Decoration
Canon tables. Illuminated initials. Ornamental strips. (Hutter iii. 86)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Cols. 457-458

Shelfmark MS. Roe 2
Summary Catalogue no. 248
Summary of contents Manuel Malaxus, Ecloga uariorum canonum.
Language Modern Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 16th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Col. 458
Quarto image Col. 459

Shelfmark MS. Roe 3
Summary Catalogue no. 249
Summary of contents Theodorus Studita, Hymni graduales with commentary by Nicephorus Callistus. Nicephorus Callistus, Commentary on Cosmas' hymn to Mary.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 14th century, beginning
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Col. 459

Shelfmark MS. Roe 4
Summary Catalogue no. 250
Composite three parts
Summary of contents Commentaries and other materials relating to Psalms. || Commentary on Psalms ii-xviii. || Catena on Psalms xvii. 49-end. Canticles, with commentary.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date ? || 14th century || 10th century, end
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Col. 460
Quarto image Col. 461

Shelfmark MS. Roe 6
Summary Catalogue no. 252
Summary of contents John Chrysostom, Easter sermon. Gregory of Nazianzus, Homilies.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine, Nikaia (?)
Date 13th century, first quarter
Material parchment

Decoration
Miniatures. Ornamental strips. Historiated, zoomorphic and floral initials. (Hutter i. 53)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Col. 462
Manuscript image fol. 38r St. Basil on his bier, with mourners, probably including St. Gregory.
Bibliography
1999
Paul Jonathan Fedwick, Bibliotheca Basiliana Universalis: a study of the manuscript tradition, translations and editions of the works of Basil of Caesarea. IV, Testimonia, liturgical and canonical compositions, florilegia, catenae, iconography: IV, 2, Manuscripts -- Libraries (Corpus Christianorum), Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 1999, p. 921 (siglum 'k5464')
1991
R. S. Nelson & J. L. Bona, 'Relative size and comparative value in Byzantine illuminated manuscripts: some quantitative perspectives', in Paleografia e codicologia greca: Atti del II Colloquio internazionale (Berlino-Wolfenbüttel, 17-21 ottobre 1983), eds. Dieter Harlfinger & Giancarlo Prato, 2 vols. (= Biblioteca di Scrittura e Civiltà, 3), Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 1991, Tom. I, pp. 339-353; Tom. II, pp. 185-190: at Tom. I, p. 351
1990
Kurt Weitzmann & George Galavaris, The Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai. The illuminated Greek manuscripts, vol. I: From the ninth to the twelfth century, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990, p. 32 n. 3

Shelfmark MS. Roe 7
Summary Catalogue no. 253
Summary of contents Euthymius Zigabenus, Commentary on the Psalter; Commentary on canticles.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 1279
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Col. 463

Shelfmark MS. Roe 9
Summary Catalogue no. 255
Summary of contents Lives of Emperor Constantine and St. Helena.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 15th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 10
Quarto image Col. 464
Bibliography
1937
Albert Ehrhard, Überlieferung und Bestand der hagiographischen und homiletischen Literatur der griechischen Kirche, 3 vols. (Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 50-52), Leipzig-Berlin 1937-1952 (reprinted Leipzig 1965), III 955 [Information taken from Lidia Perria, I manoscritti citati da Albert Ehrhard (Testi e Studi Bizantino-Neoellenici, 4), Rome 1979, pp. 103-6]

Shelfmark MS. Roe 10
Summary Catalogue no. 256
Summary of contents Isaac Syrus, ascetic writings.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine, Constantinople
Date c. 1320
Material paper

Decoration
Ornamental headpiece. Ornamental strips and illuminated initials. (Hutter iii. 148)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 464
Quarto image Col. 465
Bibliography
1989
Nino Ultimo Gulmini, I manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Nazionale di Torino, vol. II, I manoscritti greci, Turin: Arti Grafiche Molfese, 1989, p. 82 no. 90

Shelfmark MS. Roe 12
Summary Catalogue no. 258
Summary of contents Laonicus Chalcocondylas, De rebus Turcicis.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 15th century, end
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 465
Bibliography
1997
Repertorium de griechischen Kopisten 800-1600, Teil 3, Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Roms mit dem Vatikan, by Ernst Gamillscheg, with Dieter Harlfinger & Paolo Eleuteri, pts. A-C (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Byzantinistik, Band III / 3 A-C), Vienna 1997, cited at pt. A no. 278

Shelfmark MS. Roe 13
Summary Catalogue no. 259
Summary of contents Commentaries on the Psalter by John Chrysostom and Hesychios of Jerusalem.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine, Galesion near Ephesus
Date 1284/1285
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental strips and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 117)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Cols. 465-466
Bibliography
1991
Ernst Gamillscheg, 'Handschriften aus Kleinasien (9.-12. Jahrhundert): Versuch einer paläographischen Charakterisierung', in Scritture, libri e testi nelle aree provinciali di Bisanzio: Atti del seminario di Erice (18-25 settembre 1988) (eds. Guglielmo Cavallo, Giuseppe de Gregorio & Marilena Maniaci), 2 vols. (= Biblioteca del "Centro per il collegamento degli studi medievali e umanistici nell' Università di Perugia", 5), Spoleto: Centro italiano di studi sull' alto medioevo, 1991, vol. I, pp. 181-201 and 16 plates, at p. 200

Shelfmark MS. Roe 14
Summary Catalogue no. 260
Summary of contents Medical treatises.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 14th century, end and 15th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 466
Quarto image Col. 467

Shelfmark MS. Roe 15
Summary Catalogue no. 261
Summary of contents Medical treatises. Etc.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 15th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 468
Quarto image Col. 469

Shelfmark MS. Roe 16
Summary Catalogue no. 262
Summary of contents Catena on St. Paul's Epistles.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 10th century, end (?)
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Cols. 469-470
Bibliography
1999
Paul Jonathan Fedwick, Bibliotheca Basiliana Universalis: a study of the manuscript tradition, translations and editions of the works of Basil of Caesarea. IV, Testimonia, liturgical and canonical compositions, florilegia, catenae, iconography: IV, 2, Manuscripts -- Libraries (Corpus Christianorum), Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 1999, p. 922 (siglum 'k5466')
1991
K. Aland, ed., Text und Textwerk der griechischen Handscriften der Neuen Testaments, II. Die Paulinischen Briefe, 4 vols. (= Arbeiten zur Neutestamentlichen Textforschung, 16-19), Berlin & New York 1991, Bd. 1, p. 21 (list of MSS.), siglum '1908'

Shelfmark MS. Roe 17
Summary Catalogue no. 263
Summary of contents Anastasius Sinaita, Quaestiones et responsiones. Theological treatises. Sermons.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 12th century, beginning
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 470
Quarto image Col. 471

Shelfmark MS. Roe 18a, MS. Roe 18b
Summary Catalogue no. 264a, 264b
Summary of contents Scientific, legal and theological texts. Poems by Manuel Phile, Constantinus Manasses, Theodorus Prodromus and other authors.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 1349
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Cols. 471-472
Quarto image Cols. 473-474
Quarto image Cols. 475-476
Quarto image Cols. 477-478
Quarto image Col. 479
Bibliography
1999
Paul Jonathan Fedwick, Bibliotheca Basiliana Universalis: a study of the manuscript tradition, translations and editions of the works of Basil of Caesarea. IV, Testimonia, liturgical and canonical compositions, florilegia, catenae, iconography: IV, 2, Manuscripts -- Libraries (Corpus Christianorum), Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 1999, p. 922 (siglum 'k5467')
1998
Giorgio di Pisidia, Esamerone, ed. F. Gonnelli, Pisa: Edizioni ETS, 1998, p. 23 (siglum 'Bt')
1994
Bjarne Schartau, Codices graeci Haunienses: Ein deskriptiver Katalog des griechischen Handschriftenbestandes der Königlichen Bibliothek Kopenhage (Danish Humanist Texts and Studies, 9), Copenhagen: The Royal Library, and Museum Tusculanum Press, 1994, p. 349, 372-3

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R. Cat.
Benoît Gain, Traductions latines de Pères grecs: la collection du manuscrit Laurentianus San Marco 584: Edition des lettres de Basile de Césarée (Publications Universitaires Européennes, Série XV, Philologie et littérature classiques, 64), Bern, etc.: Peter Lang, 1994 [from a Paris Univ. Diss., 1989], p. 464
1993
Paul Jonathan Fedwick, Bibliotheca Basiliana Vniversalis: a study of the manuscript tradition of the works of Basil of Caesarea, vol. I, The letters (Corpus Christianorum), Turnhout: Brepols, 1993, pp. 88-91, 699 n. 23 (siglum Em5)
1991
H. Hunger, 'Die byzantinische Minuskel des 14. Jahrhunderts zwischen Tradition und Neuerung', in Paleografia e codicologia greca: Atti del II Colloquio internazionale (Berlino-Wolfenbüttel, 17-21 ottobre 1983), eds. Dieter Harlfinger & Giancarlo Prato, 2 vols. (= Biblioteca di Scrittura e Civiltà, 3), Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 1991, Tom. I, pp. 151-161; Tom. II, pp. 97-106: at Tom. I, p. 161 (=Turyn, Gr. Brit. 78)
H. Hunger, 'Die byzantinische Minuskel des 14. Jahrhunderts zwischen Tradition und Neuerung', in Paleografia e codicologia greca: Atti del II Colloquio internazionale (Berlino-Wolfenbüttel, 17-21 ottobre 1983), eds. Dieter Harlfinger & Giancarlo Prato, 2 vols. (= Biblioteca di Scrittura e Civiltà, 3), Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 1991, Tom. I, pp. 151-161; Tom. II, pp. 97-106: at Tom. I, p. 161 (= Rep. 232); Tom. II, p. 106 (Hunger tav. 8)

Shelfmark MS. Roe 19
Summary Catalogue no. 265
Summary of contents John Chrysostom, Commentary on Psalms iv-xii, xli-l; De uirginitate.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 15th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 479

Shelfmark MS. Roe 20
Summary Catalogue no. 266
Summary of contents Epistolae synodales Synodi Basileensis.
Language Latin
Origin Byzantine
Date 15th century
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 479

Shelfmark MS. Roe 21
Summary Catalogue no. 267
Summary of contents Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica (pars secunda secundae partis); Summa contra gentiles (III. 1-47).
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 15th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 480

Shelfmark MS. Roe 22
Summary Catalogue no. 268
Summary of contents Nicetas Choniates, Thesaurus orthodoxae fidei.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine, Constantinople
Date 1286
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental strips and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 116)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 480
Quarto image Cols. 481-482
Bibliography
2000
Michel Cacouros, 'Le Laur. 85,1 témoin de l'activité conjointe d'un groupe de copistes travaillant dans la second moitié du XIII e siècle', in I manoscritti greci tra riflessione e dibattito: Atti del V Colloquio Internazionale di Paleografia Greca (Cremona, 4-10 ottobre 1998), ed. Giancarlo Prato, 2 vols. + plates (Papyrologica Florentina, 31), Florence: Edizioni Gonnelli, 2000, pp. 295-310, at p. 304
1999
The British Library, Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts, vol. 1, London: The British Library, 1999, p. 254

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R. Cat.
1996
Alexander Alexakis, Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115 and its archetype (Dumbarton Oaks Studies, 34), Washington, D. C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1996, p. 45
Annaclara Cataldi Palau, Catalogo dei manoscritti greci della Biblioteca Franzoniana (Genova) (Urbani 21 - 40) (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Bollettino dei Classici, Suppl. n. 17), [Rome] 1996, p. 113 (on Urbani 32, fols. 166v-177), p. 119 (on Urbani 32, fols. 203-209v)

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R. Cat.
1973
Cited in Studi Medievali, 3rd Series, vol. XIV, 2 ( 1973), pp. 758 n., 749 n. [Reference taken from Studi Medievali, 3rd Ser., Indici, Anni I-XX: 1960-1979 (ed. G. Zanella), Spoleto: Centro italiano di studi sull'alto medioevo, 1981, pp. 272-6] [ fols. 480r, 481v]

Bodleian shelfmark: = Per. 3962 d. 224

Shelfmark MS. Roe 23
Summary Catalogue no. 269
Summary of contents Georgios of Alexandria, Vita S. Ioannis Chrysostomi. Miracles of SS. Gurias, Samonas and Abibus. Kosmas Vestitor, Oratio de translatione S. Ioannis Chrysostomi.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 11th century, first third
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental strips and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 27)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 483
Bibliography
1937
Albert Ehrhard, Überlieferung und Bestand der hagiographischen und homiletischen Literatur der griechischen Kirche, 3 vols. (Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 50-52), Leipzig-Berlin 1937-1952 (reprinted Leipzig 1965), III 742 [Information taken from Lidia Perria, I manoscritti citati da Albert Ehrhard (Testi e Studi Bizantino-Neoellenici, 4), Rome 1979, pp. 103-6]

Shelfmark MS. Roe 24
Summary Catalogue no. 270
Summary of contents John Chrysostom, Homilies.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine, Constantinople
Date 10th century, end
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental strips and decorated initials at the beginnings of homilies. (Hutter iii. 26)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Cols. 483-484
Bibliography
1996
Irmgard Hutter, 'Decorative systems in Byzantine manuscripts, and the scribe as artist: evidence from manuscripts in Oxford', Word & Image, Vol. 12 No. 1 (Jan.-March 1996), pp. 4-22, with 30 figs., at p. 21 n. 72
SCWMSS archive: = REFS. CIII.11
1991
S. Dufrenne, 'Rubricateurs et ornemanistes dans les manuscrits écrits en minuscules bouletées', in Paleografia e codicologia greca: Atti del II Colloquio internazionale (Berlino-Wolfenbüttel, 17-21 ottobre 1983), eds. Dieter Harlfinger & Giancarlo Prato, 2 vols. (= Biblioteca di Scrittura e Civiltà, 3), Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 1991, Tom. I, pp. 305-19; Tom. II, pp. 167-174: at Tom. I, p. 312 n. 28

Shelfmark MS. Roe 25
Summary Catalogue no. 271
Summary of contents Cyril of Jerusalem, Catecheses.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 11th century, second third
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental borders and decorated initials. (Hutter iii. 28)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 484

Shelfmark MS. Roe 27
Summary Catalogue no. 273
Summary of contents John Chrysostom, Homilies on Genesis.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine
Date 10th century, end - 11th century, beginning
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental strips and decorated initials at the beginnings of homilies. (Hutter iii. 21)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 485
Manuscript image fol. 15r Text page.
Bibliography
1989
Nino Ultimo Gulmini, I manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Nazionale di Torino, vol. II, I manoscritti greci, Turin: Arti Grafiche Molfese, 1989, p. 29 no. 11
1988
Ralph Cleminson, A union catalogue of Cyrillic manuscripts in British and Irish collections (General Editors Veronica Du Feu & W. F. Ryan), London: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, 1988, pp. 284-5 no. 184

Shelfmark MS. Roe 28
Summary Catalogue no. 274
Summary of contents Liturgical homiliary.
Language Greek
Origin Asia Minor
Date 11th century, first half
Material parchment

Decoration
Ornamental borders, strips and decorated initials. (Hutter i. 20)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Cols. 485-486
Quarto image Cols. 487-488
Bibliography
1996
Alexander Alexakis, Codex Parisinus Graecus 1115 and its archetype (Dumbarton Oaks Studies, 34), Washington, D. C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1996, p. 110 n. 59
1937
Albert Ehrhard, Überlieferung und Bestand der hagiographischen und homiletischen Literatur der griechischen Kirche, 3 vols. (Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 50-52), Leipzig-Berlin 1937-1952 (reprinted Leipzig 1965), II 263-267 [Information taken from Lidia Perria, I manoscritti citati da Albert Ehrhard (Testi e Studi Bizantino-Neoellenici, 4), Rome 1979, pp. 103-6]

Shelfmark MS. Roe 29
Summary Catalogue no. 275
Summary of contents Athanasius of Alexandria, works.
Language Greek
Origin Byzantine, Constantinople
Date 1410
Material paper

Decoration
Ornamental strips and decorated initials at the beginnings of texts. (Hutter iii. 174)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 1, p. 11
Quarto image Col. 488
Quarto image Cols. 489-490


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