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MS 229: Onomasticon of Julius Pollux [incomplete], ? 15th century

Identifier: MS 229

Scope and Contents

This manuscript contains an incomplete copy of the Onomasticon by Julius Pollux, a Greek thesaurus of Attic words arrnaged by subject. It starts as follows on f. 1r: 'Όνομασίαι θεῶν καὶ δαιμόνων καὶ τών περὶ αὐτἁ καὶ τιμῶν καὶ τόπων καὶ χωρῶν καὶ τῶν περὶ αυτ... καὶ τὰ τῶν τχνητῶν καὶ τῶν θε ραπευτῶν.', and includes the chapters 1-10 of Book 1, with some lacunae.

There are two pastedowns at the beginning and end of the volume, which contains parts of the Homila XIV of Basil of Caesarea.


  • Creation: ? 15th century


Language of Materials

Medieval Greek

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

There is a late 15th century inscription on the inner board: Conventus Santi Marci de flor[enti]a, showing that it used to be in the library of the Convent of San Marco, Florence.

The book in found in Sotheby's catalogue dated 30 November 1965, lot 37 for another Florentine manuscript c. 1490.

Previous reference

Laing 49.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland's catalogue: Fragment of Onomasticon of Julius Pollux.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper, pastedowns in vellum.

Binding: an iron ring at the bottom of lower cover shows that this was a chained book.


22.4 x 14.8 cm

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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