January Menaion

January 22-23


Alexandria, Patriarchal Library, Cod. 110 (olim 250)

Athina Almpani, MIET 2018

Remarks by the Editor:

  • There is no previous reference to the existence of the fragment.
  • The foliation of the codex is continuous and includes the fragment. 

General Information

Title: January Menaion

Former Shelfmarks: Cod. 110 (olim 250)

Material: Parchment

Script, Hands:

  • The text from Menaion for January is written in a diminutive minuscule script, that emphasizes the initials.
  • The initials, significantly larger and decorated, are placed to the left of the main body text and indicate new sections.

Original Condition

Number of Lines: 29

Number of Columns: 1

Numbering (pages, folios, etc.):

Foliation (ff. 1-2) is probably by a later hand, using Arabic numerals.

Current Condition

Dimensions: 275 x 215 mm

More about the Current Condition:

  • The dimensions seem to correspond to those of the main codex (275 x 215 mm), but the leaves are quite badly damaged at the edges. 
  • There are notes in the margins in Arabic, probably by a later hand.

Book Decoration


Decorated initials


  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Menaion January 22 - 23
    • Content Description:

      The fragmentary folios contain liturgical texts for the 22nd and the 23rd January from the Menaion.

      The folios are joined and are in sequence. We read texts from the Menaion for the 22nd [f. 1r - 1v (8th line)] and the first ones for the 23rd [ff. 1v (from the 8th line of the column : Στιχηρὰ Προσόμοια. Ἦχος β'. Ὅτε, ἐκ τοῦ ξύλου : | Κλῆμα, τῆς ἀμπέλου τῆς ζωῆς, ὤφθης μυστικῇ γεωρ | γίᾳ, περισκαπτόμενον... and then) - 2v].

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    • Edition: http://glt.goarch.org/texts/Jan/Jan22.html http://glt.goarch.org/texts/Jan/Jan23.html
    • Remarks:

      As typical for this type of text, abbreviations appear throughout it, notably nomina sacra and words abbreviated at the end of the lines.

  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Unknown
    • Content Description:

      On the inside front cover, there are very small, illegible, parts of one or more leaves that were attached to the binding. The leaf or leaves are badly damaged, we can recognize only some majuscule and minuscule Greek letters.

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    • Remarks:

      Badly damaged


Persons and Institutions: Alexandria, Patriarchal Library, Cod. 110 (olim 250)

Host Volume

Title: Menaion for October

Shelfmark: Cod. 110 (olim 250)


  1. The binding is significantly damaged.
  2. The main MS is missing the last part.
  3. The parchment Cod. 110 consists of 138 numbered folios according to the catalogue by T. Moschonas. But the first two folios are fragmentary according to the above description. So, we encounter two fragmentary folios at the beginning, 136 folios main MS and two more fragmentary folios at the end (numbered as α & β), which derive from a different MS than does this fragment (see also the description of Cod. 110 - October Menaion, F-po70).


  • Catalogue: T. Moschonas, Πατριαρχεῖον Ἀλεξανδρείας. Κατάλογοι τῆς πατριαρχικῆς βιβλιοθήκης. Τόμος Α'. Χειρόγραφα, Alexandria, 1945, p. 103.

    • Remark to the aforementioned catalogue : There is no reference to the existence of the current fragmentary folios. There is reference to the fragment that I describe on the Cod. 110 - Menaion for October. The reference of the catalogue is different from the position that we find it (see the description of the fragment Cod. 110, Menaion for October).
    • Remark to the following URL : The URL that I mention provides different pieces of information on the host volume (Cod. 110). The information that you can find in the URL corresponds to a certain extent to the majuscule fragment of the Cod. 92 of the same collection (see the corresponding description), but absolutely not to the current frag. of the Cod. 110 (as you can see at the images).