Reference address :

ELPENOR - Home of the Greek Word

Athos Holy Mount

22.3 Theocritus, Idylls
Dionysiou Monastery, Library
Rome, Zacharias Kalliergis


The Original New Testament

In this book are thirty six idylls by Theocritus, and nineteen of his epigrams. Commentaries on these, collected from various copies.

[in the second part]: 'Commentaries on Theocritus' Idylls found in various copies, diligently gathered together by Zacharias Kalliergis the Cretan.'

[on the recto of the last folio]: 'During the time of the Great High Priest Leo X, Pope of Rome, which he rules with holiness, this book was also printed [in Rome] not without a permit, was completed by God's grace, commissioned by the learned Cornelius Begnigno of Viterbo, printed with care and skill by Zacharias Kalliergis the Cretan. 15 January 1516.'

fol.[88]+fol.[116].- This is the first edition of Theocritus's Idylls and the first book printed in Greek in Rome.

There are no other copies of this very rare edition on Mount Athos.

Bibliography: Legrand 1885-1903, I, no. 49.

Index of exhibits of Monastery of Dionysiou
16th century

The Authentic Greek New Testament Bilingual New Testament I

Icon of the Mother of God and New Testament Reader Promote Greek Learning
Three Millennia of Greek Literature

Learned Freeware


Reference address :