The collection of Greek manuscripts at Christ Church came with the bequest of Archbishop William Wake in 1737. Several were brought from Mount Athos in about 1724, and some are gifts from East European princes. However, for most it is not known how the Archbishop acquired them. In all there are 86 manuscripts, dating from the 9th to the 18th century. These include patristic writings, Biblical texts, chorographies, as well as mathematical treatises. This is one of the most valuable and least known collections of Greek codices in England.
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MS 5 - Nicephorus' Chorographia; Georgius Syncellus' Chronicle; Theophanes' Chorography (9th century)
The volume contains three historical treatises, among which a previously overlooked but complete manuscript of Theophanes' celebrated Chorography. The codex was incorrectly dated, but was reassessed by Nigel Wilson, who managed to establish its position in the stemma accurately. The style of script may be dated to the last two or three decades of the 9th century. This makes the Christ Church manuscript the oldest extant.