Re-cataloguing of the Greek manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, sub-project Cod.graec. 348 – 500
The collection of Greek manuscripts held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek includes around 650 codices, constituting the second largest collection in the German language area following the collection of the Austrian National Library in Vienna. The Munich collection has been well-known to the worldwide community of scholars for centuries and has been used intensively due to its quality. Its importance with respect to the German cultural history has been acknowledged and is evidenced multiply in literature.
So far, the Munich holdings of Greek manuscripts have been searchable only in the five-volume catalogue compiled by Ignaz Hardt in the period between 1806 and 1812. Since the complete amount of Greek manuscripts preserved worldwide is manageable and research in the fields of Greek palaeography, codicology and filigranology has taken place across borders from the start, a complete re-cataloguing of the Munich collection is urgently desired not only on a national, but on an international level. The re-cataloguing is intended to facilitate integrating and classifying the Munich collection within the manageable total amount of Greek codices preserved worldwide.
During the current project phase, the seventh catalogue volume is compiled, containing descriptions of the Codices graeci 425 – 500. In parallel, the manuscripts Cod.graec. 348 – 424 are catalogued by Dr. Kerstin Hajdù in a project managed and funded by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek itself. The full texts of the manuscript descriptions from the first and third catalogue volumes (published in 2003 and 2004) have been made available in the manuscript database "Manuscripta mediaevalia". The fifth catalogue volume with the descriptions of the codices graeci 266 – 347 has been finished and will be published by the publishing house Harrassowitz presumably in 2019.