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Tetraevangelion of Nicosia – Codex

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


Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Constantinides III
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  • Constantinides, Costas N. ''An unknown Manuscript of the 'Family 2400' from Cyprus''. Ἐπετηρὶς τοῦ Κέντρου Ἐπιστημονικῶν Ἐρευνῶν, XVII (Nicosia: 1988-89), 169-86
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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 manuscript has been called "Fragmentary Four Gospels", "Tetraevangelion of Nicosia" and "Codex Nicosiensis".

The surviving part of the "Tetraevangelion" from Cyprus was copied by one unknown scribe and it is ascribed to the ''FAMILY 2400'', according to C.N. Constantinides.

The manuscript —written in Greek, in one single column of 32 lines— is missing both a beginning and an end. The text 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 (18:38-21:25).

The surviving manuscript contains only one miniature which appears on f. 21r. The miniature depicts an eagle —the symbol of the Evangelist John— in a profile position holding the Gospel with his legs.