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18.15 John Scholasticus, The Ladder of Paradise
Xeropotamou Monastery, Cod. 222
Paper, 23.5 x 16 cm, ff. 234


The Original New Testament

Scribe. Markos Vatopedinos.

There are only two manuscripts on Mount Athos which are known to have been written in the fourteenth century at the Vatopedi Monastery: Vatopedi Cod. 186, written by the monk Kallistos in 1322, and Xeropotamou Cod. 222, written by Markos 'the sinner' in 1345. The script in Markos's manuscript bears a very close resemblance to the traditional style of writing known as the 'Metochites style'.

Scribe's note. At the end of the manuscript:

'This book of the sacred Ladder of Paradise written by the sinful Markos under the charge and at the expense of him who desired to acquire it, the most honourable the hieromonk Philotheos of the venerable Vatopedi Monastery, was finished in September 6853 (= 1345), and we beseech all those who happen to use it to pray for the salvation of our souls.'

Bibliography: Lambros 1895, p. 216. Vogel - Gardthausen 1909, p. 292. Eudokimos 1932, pp. 109-0. PLP 1976ff., no. 17051. Lamberz 1991, p. 59, n. 133, 134 (bibliography), p. 69. Lamberz 1992 (in press).

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