Makarios’ cycle of epigrams on the Psalms Bodleian Baroccianus 194

Renaat Meesters 1 , Raf Praet 1 , Floris Bernard 1 ,  and Kristoffel Demoen 1
  • 1 Department of Literature – Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium


This article provides the editio princeps of a cycle of eight dodecasyllabic poems on the Psalms preserved in Bodleian Baroccianus 194 (15th century). Four of these poems are also present in other manuscripts and enjoyed a certain degree of popularity as book epigrams. The four others are found in this manuscript only. The cycle contains an acrostic: ΜΑΚΑΡΙΟΥ. This Makarios is likely to have compiled the cycle and to have composed the otherwise unknown poems. The Psalms themselves are not included in the manuscript. Only two short commentaries on the Psalms precede and follow the cycle. This implies that at least the four known book epigrams lost their original function as poems referring deictically to the Psalms. A verse prayer to the Trinity that was preserved on the same folio is edited in an appendix.

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