Table of Contents of a Martyrologion (?)


Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery, MS 16

Athina Almpani, MIET 2018

General Information

Title: Index / Contents list of Martyrologion (?)

Former Shelfmarks: MS 16

Material: Parchment

Date of Origin: 12th century (dating according to the script)

Script, Hands:

The text is written in minuscule script.

General Remarks:

There are some very common abbreviations.

Original Condition

Dimensions (Page Height): at least 310 mm

Dimensions (Page Width): at least 225 mm

Number of Lines: 21

Number of Columns: 2

Current Condition

Dimensions: ≈ 310 x 225 mm

More about the Current Condition:

This fragment consists of one parchment leaf as an in-situ pastedown at the beginning of a parchment codex.

The parchment is physically damaged, making it difficult to read the text in parts.

The fragment has been cropped to the dimensions of the host volume (310 x 225 mm).

Book Decoration


The top of the leaf has a Byzantine interlace border. The artistic principles and basic techniques of interlace (art) and knotwork were developed in Byzantine scriptoria.

Byzantine interlaced writing flourished in the 12th century. During the 13th century, the technique began to display unmistakable signs of stagnation and corruption. This resulted in a gradual decrease in the frequency of its use during the 14th and 15th century. By the early decades of the 16th century, interlaced writing almost disappeared from the treasury of artistic devices of the Byzantine school.


  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Contents list of Martyrologion
    • Content Description:

      The surviving parchment leaf contains a table of contents (probably of the codex it belongs to).

      The body of the text contents is related to the epigram (written in majuscule script, in dodecasyllable metre) :        


    • MS_16_frag. front_pastedown
    • Remarks:

      Bibliography and Occurrences of this epigram: 

      We note that in all the other known occurences, we find this epigram in minuscule script, but in this fragmentary leaf, we find it in carefully written majuscule script.


Persons and Institutions: Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery

Remarks (history):

There is no previous reference to the existence of this fragment.

Host Volume

Title: Commentary on the Four Gospels

Shelfmark: MS 16

Persons: Theophylact of Ohrid [Theophylactus of Ochrida (in modern Greek), Archbishop of Ochrida, approximately 1050-approximately 1108]


  • Catalogue: L. Politis, Συνοπτικὴ ἀναγραφὴ χειρογράφων ἑλληνικῶν συλλογῶν, (Ἑλληνικά. 25), Thessaloniki 1976, p. 72.