Vat.gr.984 <inf.2.1-2.2> – Vat.gr.1882 <inf.1.1-1.2>
Germanus Constantinopolitanus, Homilia I in dormitionem Mariae – Galenus, De locis affectis
Vat. gr. 984 contains two bifolios (ff. 162 + 157, 170 + 168) and Vat. gr. 1882 also two bifolios (ff. 89 + 92, 90 + 91) of a double palimpsest. The fragments of the oldest lower text contain parts of John Chrysostom’s Homilies for several important feast days such as Pentecost (movable feast, 50th day after Easter), as well as a homily on the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (15 August) written by Germanus I, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 634 - c. 733). The oldest lower texts were copied in the eighth or ninth century in Sloping Ogival Majuscule.
Vat. gr. 984, f. 157v <inf. 2.2> and Vat. gr. 2282. Sloping Ogival Majuscule
The title of the homilies, visible on f. 162r, was written in Upright Ogival Majuscule.
Vat. gr. 984, f. 162r <inf.2.2> and Vat. gr. 503, f. 2r. Upright Ogival Majuscule
The folios of this homiliarium were recycled for a medical text in the 12th or 13th century. In his text De locis affectis, Galen of Pergamon (129-216) developed a method that allowed the physician of antiquity to identify internal diseases that were not directly visible; the work thus represents a landmark in medicine. This cursive informal hand is a very early testimony of this work by Galen.
Vat. gr. 984, f. 162r <inf. 2.1>