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Codex Seidelianus I

For the similarly named manuscript, see Codex Seidelianus II.

Codex Seidelianus I, designated by siglum Ge or 011 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 87 (von Soden) is a Greek uncial manuscript of the Gospels, dated palaeographically to the 9th century (or 10th century). The codex contains 252 parchment leaves (25.7 cm by 21.5 cm).[1] The manuscript is lacunose.


The codex contains the text of the four Gospels with some lacunae (Matthew 1:1-6:6, 7:25-8:9, 8:23-9:2, 28:18-Mark 1:13, Mark 14:19-25, Luke 1:1-13, 5:4-7:3, 8:46-9:5, 12:27-41, 24:41-end, John 18:5-19, 19:4-27).[2] The text is written in 2 columns per page, 21 lines per page.[1] It was written by coarse hand.

The text is divided according to the Ammonian Sections, whose numbers are given at the margin, with references to the Eusebian Canons. It contains the τιτλοι (titles of chapters). It has breathings and accents, but often irregularly.[2] Each member of the genealogy in Luke 3 forms a separate line.[3] Some portions of these lacunae are rectified by a later hand.


The Greek text of this codex is a secondary representative of the Byzantine text-type with many of the non-Byzantine readings seeming to be the Caesarean. Aland placed it in Category V.[1] Hermann von Soden classified it to the family Ki, but according to the Claremont Profile Method it belongs to the textual family Kx.[4]


The codex was brought from the East to Germany by Seidel († 1718). After his death in 1718 Maturin Veyssière de La Croze, royal librarian from Berlin acquired it and presented to Wolf,[5][6] who published extracts from its text in 1723.[7] The codex was barbarously mutilated in 1721 in order to send pieces to Bentley. Most of them were purchased by Eduard Harley. Some of fragments were found by Tregelles in 1845. Tregelles collated its text in 1847.[8]

The codex was known for Wettstein, who gave siglum G for it.[5] Griesbach designated it by the same siglum.[9]

Later it became part of the library of Edward Harley, now is located, in the British Library (Harley 5684), and one page, which Wolff gave to Richard Bentley, is in Cambridge in the (Trinity College B. XVII. 20).[1][10]

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Further reading

  • J. C. Wolff, "Anecdota Graeca" (Hamburg, 1723), III, pp. 48–92.
  • S. P. Tregelles, Account of the Printed Text, p. 160.

External links

  • (011): at the Encyclopedia of Textual Criticism
  • Images at the British Library
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