Epiphanius, Homilia (II) in Sabbato magno


Alexandria, Patriarchal Library, Cod. 60 (olim 86; 1002)

General Information

Title Sancti Epiphanii, episcopi Constantiae Cypri, Homilia (II) in Sabbato magno
Shelfmarks Cod. 60 (olim 86; 1002)
Material Parchment

Original Condition

Number of Columns 2
Number of Lines 40 – 54

Current Condition

Dimensions ca. 293 x 211 mm
More about the Current Condition

The parchment folios seem to have been cropped to the dimensions of the host volume.


  • Content Item
    • Persons Epiphanius, Saint, Bishop of Constantia (Salamis) in Cyprus, ca. 310-403
    • Text Language Ancient Greek
    • Title Homilia (II) in Sabbato magno
    • Content Description

      At the beginning of the Cod. 60 (last numbering) from the MS collection of the Patriarchal library of Alexandria, we encounter two parchment folios and three more paper ones in situ front flyleaves.

      The two front parchment flyleaves derive from the same MS, but with a lacuna between the first and the second one. The surviving folios provide fragmentary text from two different parts from one Homilia of Epiphanius, (Greek: Ἐπιφάνιος) Saint, Bishop of Constantia (Salamis), the Metropolis of Cyprus, ca. 310-403.

      Content of the 1st folio : The first 27 lines are unidentified. The 28th line is a decorative caption which separates the first from the second text. After that, at the 29th line, we find the beginning of one Homilia by Saint Epiphanius of Constantia. 

      The extended title of the Homilia, as we can find in PG 43, col. 339/ 440 is : Homilia II. Sancti Patris nostri Epiphanii episcopi Cypri oratio in divini corporis sepulturam Domini et Servatoris nostri Jesu Christi, et in Josephum qui fuit ab Arimathæa, et in Domini in infernum descensum, post salutarem passionem admirabiliter factum. Sancto et magno Sabbato.   (Ὁμιλία Β΄. Tοῦ ἐν ἁγίοις Πατρὸς ἡμῶν Ἐπιφανίου ἐπισκόπου Κύπρου λόγος εἰς τὴν θεόσωμον ταφὴν τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ εἰς τὸν Ἰωσὴν τὸν ἀπὸ Ἀριμαθαίας, καὶ εἰς τὴν ἐν τῷ ᾄδη τοῦ Κυρίου κατάβασιν, μετὰ τὸ σωτήριον πάθος παραδόξως γεγενημένην. Τῷ ἁγίω καὶ μεγάλῳ Σαββάτῳ.) 

      Explicit f. 1v, 2nd col., lines 35-40 (PG 43, col. 441, lines 31-35) : Ἀλλ’ οἱ μὲν Ἰου | δαῖοι τὴν ἐξ Αἰγύπτου διάβασιν ἐμνημόνευον, οἱ δὲ | ἐξ ἐθνῶν τὴν ἐκ τῆς πλά | νης λύτρωσιν προεκηρύ | ττοντο. Καὶ ταῦτα ποῦ; ἐν Σιὼν 

      The second piece:

      f. 2r, 1st col., lines 1-4 (PG 43, col. 457, lines 21-24) : Ἄρατε πύλας, οἱ ἄρχοντες ὑμῶν. | Oὐ γὰρ ἀνοίξατε, ἀλλ’ ἐξ αὐτῶν τῶν | θεμελίων ταύτας ἄρατε, ἐκριζώσα | τε, μεταστήσατε εἰς τὸ μηκέτι κλείεσθαι.

      Explicit f. 2v, 2nd col., lines 34-40 (very hard legible text) (PG 43, col. 462, lines 3-6) : ἤκουε τῶν τοῦ Δε | σπότου ποδῶν πρὸς τοὺς | δεσμίους εἰσερχομένων, | καὶ ἐγνώρισε τὴν φωνὴν αὐτοῦ | ἐν τῷ δεσμωτηρίῳ (περιπατοῦντος, καὶ στραφεὶς πρὸς [;])

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    • Remarks
      • The text, especially at the beginning and at the end of the columns, is not very legible.

Host Volume

Title Justin Martyr, Apologia; Photius, Bibliotheca; Historiae Ecclesiasticae (Sozomenus, Theodoretus Cyrensis, Socrates scholasticus, Euagrius scholasticus)
Date of Origin/Publication 13th - 14th CE
Shelfmark Cod. 60 (olim 86; 1002)

The codex is missing the last part (anurous, but not acephalous).

On the codex, including dating attempts: https://pinakes.irht.cnrs.fr//notices/cote/32947/


At the back, there are three "flyleaves", two in paper and one in parchment. The first paper flyleaf is blank, the second has some short notes on the recto side in Greek and in Arabic, and the third, parchment flyleaf, is the fragment of Chrysostom.