Tuesday Octoechos, Tone I


Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery, MS 64

Athina Almpani, MIET 2018

Remarks by the Editor:

There is no previous reference to the existence of these fragments (front flyleaves).

General Information

Title: Tuesday Octoechos, Tone I

Former Shelfmarks: MS 64

Material: Parchment

Date of Origin: 12th or 13th century (probably earlier, but not later)

Script, Hands:

It is written in a minuscule script.

General Remarks:

Unlike some of the other front flyleaves, it is written carefully and was probably used during the liturgical year.

Original Condition

Dimensions (Page Height): at least 205 mm

Dimensions (Page Width): at least 150 mm

Number of Lines: at least 26

Number of Columns: 1

Numbering (pages, folios, etc.):

This fragment is the only front flyleaf in the codex not to receive foliation.

Current Condition

Dimensions: ≈ 205 x 150

More about the Current Condition:

The dimensions of the host codex are 205 x 150 mm, and the fragment, as one of the flyleaves, was cropped and probably used to reinforce the binding. This parchment fragment appears among later paper fragments.

The fragmentary flyleaf is positioned upside down in the host volume.


  • Content Item
    • Text Language: Ancient Greek
    • Title: Great Octoechos: Tuesday Octoechos, Tone I.
    • Content Description:

      Part of the (Hagiopolitan) Octoechos for Tuesday in Tone I.

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    • Remarks:

      The Octoechos / Oktoechos (book of the eight tones), also known as the Parakletike (book of supplication) contains the variable parts of the daily offices for all seven days of the week divided into eight sections for each of the Byzantine chant tones. The eight tones are used in sequence throughout the year, beginning with the first tone at Easter.

      The hymn book (Octoechos) has something in common with the Western Church's tonary. Both contain the melodic models of the octoechos system (a repertoire of hymns ordered in eight parts according to the eight echoi [tones or modes]), but the tonary served simply for a modal classification, while the octoechos is as well organized as a temporal of several eight-week periods. The word 'octoechos' itself means the repertoire of hymns sung during the celebrations of the Sunday Office.


Persons and Institutions: Amorgos, Panagias Chozoviotissas Monastery, MS 64a

Remarks (history):

Τhe parchment folio has been severely damaged, and is only partially present. The text, especially on the verso, is difficult to read.

Host Volume

Title: Text for the Liturgy (service) for the Feast Day of St. Thomas, apostle (October 6). Paper codex from the 17th century.

Date of Origin/Publication: 17th century

Shelfmark: MS 64


  • Catalogue: L. Politis, Συνοπτικὴ ἀναγραφὴ χειρογράφων ἑλληνικῶν συλλογῶν, (Ἑλληνικά, Παράρτημα 25), Thessaloniki 1976, p. 76.