Codex bibl. Ambrosianae F 128

Codex bibl. Amrosianae F 128 is kept in the Biblioteca Ambrosianus in Milan, Italy. It is believed to be an 11th century MS. It appears to me to surface out of obscurity in the 17th century upon the death of Gabriel Severus. It contains Ant. 11-20 and Vita (with lacunae).

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This MS is from a larger collection which is split into 5 parts. Three of these parts (A, B, and C) are held in the Biblioteca Ambrosianus. Codex bibl. Amrosianae F 128 exists in part B from the larger collection.

There are three names of which I’ve seen this MS referenced as:
Codex bibl. Ambrosianae F 128.
Ambrosianus 370 (F 128).
F 128 sup. (gr. 370).

The Pinacoteca Accademia Ambrosiana Library online contains some information about Codex bibl. Ambrosianae F 128. It reports:
Date: 1001-1100
Language: Classical Greek (until 1453)
Previous owner: Gabriel Severus (d.1616).

Gabriel Severus (c.1540-1616) was an, “*Orthodox Church theologian. He was consecrated Metropolitan of Philadelphia, now Ala-Shehr, in Asia Minor, in 1577. As the see was in Turkish hands he acted as bishop to the Greek Christians in Venice. His best-known work is a defense of the custom of venerating the Eucharistic elements at the *Great Entrance”. [3]

It appears to me that upon the death of Gabriel Severus, a collection of his MSS (including Codex bibl. Ambrosianae F 128) were transferred to the Biblioteca Ambrosianus (Ambrosian Library). This library was founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, just 7 years prior to Severus’ death.


Why was it dated to the 11th century?

Is there any chain of ownership prior to Gabriel Severus?

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[1] – Josephus: the Main Manuscripts of “Antiquities”

[2] – Pinacoteca Accademia Ambrosiana Library

[3] – The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

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