Iviron Monastery, Cod. 970
Paper, 22.5 x 14.6 cm, ff. 345 (+1)
Scribe: Kosmas Iviritis the Macedonian
A very elegant and important codex. Binding of black leather with rich stamped decoration and a representation of the prophet-king David. It is in very good condition. It includes - and this is of great importance to the evolution of musical notation - the exposition of the Trisagion memorial service by Balasis, a priest and nomophlyax of the Great Church and 'fellow-student' of the scribe Kosmas, domestikos at the Iviron Monastery, for the teacher Germanos, Bishop of New Patras. The codex is adorned with very elegant headpieces and ornate initial letters crafted in gold ink, as well as two miniatures, one of John of Damascus (fol. 1r) and the other of the Virgin (fol. 236r).