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The Tetraevangelion of Nicosia – Codex

Parchment · 48 folios · 1180 – 1190 CE · Cyprus · 195 x 150 mm


Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Nicosia, Constantinides III
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  • Athina Almpani, MIET 2018
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  • C.N. Constantinides, Catalogue of Manuscript Exhibitions (First International Symposium on Mediaeval Cypriot Palaeography), Nicosia 1984
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This fragmentary text has been called the "Fragmentary Four Gospels", "the Tetraevangelion of Nicosia" and the "Codex Nicosiensis". Also, it is a MS belonging to the “MSS FAMILY 2400” from Cyprus.

The codex is missing both a beginning and an end. The text is written in Greek, in one single column of 32 lines. 

It begins with Luke 12:24 and ends (f. 48v) with John 18:37. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark are missing, as well as the the first half of Luke. The manuscript also lacks the end of John.

The current MS contains only one miniature, that of the symbol of St. John, while originally it may have contained the symbols of the other three Apostles and perhaps the Apostles themselves. The only miniature now left in the manuscript appears on f. 21r. An eagle, the symbol of the Evangelist John is shown in a profile position holding the Gospel of John with his legs.