One leaf has gone missing after f. 8v, creating a lacuna equalling ed. Lenz 16, 10 – 18, 5 (‘ἔσχηκεν εἰς αὐτά – ὀνομάζουσι τοὺς δευτέρους ἐλθόντας’). Likewise, there is a leaf missing after f. 21v (ed. Lenz 43, 6 – 45, 16; ‘εἶναι τὸν μέγιστον ὅρον – ἔχειν ὥσπερ χρήμασιν’). The manuscript text breaks off at ed. Lenz 57, 16: after that point, around four quaternions or sixty percent of the original text seem to have been lost.
Although split up, these three leaves actually contain the complete text. In addition to the Smyrnaea Politica, which follows directly below, yet another work by Aristides on Smyrna (De Smyrna epistula ad imperatores) is found on ff. 177r–178r; those two texts would have preceded the Palinodia before the leaves in the codex were disarranged.
The text opens with a scholion: ‘Πλεῖστα ἐν ὀλίγοις ἔχει ὁ λόγος καὶ τὰ πάθη λανθάνοντα καὶ πρέποντα ἀνδρὶ Σπαρτιάτῃ καὶ ὡς ἂν μάλιστ’ ἤνυσεν’. Due to the loss of leaves, only the first twelve lines of this text are preserved.
The main text is preceded by scholia on ff. 47v–48r:21. Scholia are also inserted at other places, sometimes in-between paragraphs, sometimes in a separate column on the page or else in the margins along with the main text. Lacunae: one leaf is missing after f. 51v with resulting textual loss; ditto at f. 59v; after f. 64v several leaves have been lost; one leaf is missing after f. 88v with resulting textual loss. On f. 83v there is another rubric, even though this is just part of the main text: ‘Ἀριστείδου κοινὴ ἀπολογία Θεμιστοκλῆς’. One scholion is not included in Dindorf’s edition: ‘ ἀφιλόσοφον τὸ ἐνθύμημα· μελέτη γὰρ θανάτου τοῖς φιλοσόφοις ὁ βίος, τὴν ἀπὸ τοῦ σώματος καὶ
τῶν σωματικῶν ἐλευθερίαν ποθοῦσι καὶ τῆς καθαρᾶς ζωῆς ἐκτόπως ἐρῶσι’ (in the margin of f. 114v).
The manuscript lacks some half a page, or one and a half paragraph, at the beginning of the text, and most of the last three paragraphs due to missing leaves. What is present are paragraphs 2, line 12 – 31, line 3.
The manuscript text picks up in the middle of paragraph 14.
On f. 161rthere is a scribal note in monocondylic style, which reveals that the volume at some stage also incorporated four works by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius. Those are not preserved in the manuscript anymore: ‘Ἀριστείδης τε καὶ Λουκιανὸς ἅμα μεστὴν ἀποτελοῦσι τὴν βίβλον ταύτην. πρὸς δὲ τούτοις ἔνεστι καὶ τοῦ σοφοῦ Βοετίου δράματα δ.’
On f. 177r a scribal note in the lower margin: ‘τὰ ἔμπροσθεν οὐκ οἶδα πῶς θέτω, ἐνηλλαγμένα ἐτύγχανον’. Note also that another text on Smyrna begins at the bottom of f. 178r: that text is presently split up on three separate leaves in the volume and has been described above in connection with f. 28r.
in ink in the upper right margin of recto pages: 1–216. An earlier foliation in Greek numerals, also in the upper right margin of recto pages: αʹ–σιεʹ. The two foliations differ slightly from each other from f. 65r and onwards, but both were executed after the far-reaching disarray and loss of the leaves had taken place.
Due to the present state of the volume, with many lost leaves and far-reaching restoration of the paper, the suggested quire structure can only be tentative. Of the original eight quaternions – unless more texts followed upon the Panathenaica – the last four are now lost altogether. The remaining quires should be construed as follows (x stands for one lost leaf): Q1: fol. 1–8, Q2: x + 9–15, Q3: fol. 16–21 + x + 22, Q4: fol. 23–27 + xxx.
No original quire signatures are preserved. The numbering of every tenth leaf in the lower margin is a later addition.
Due to the present state of the volume, with many lost leaves and far-reaching restoration of the paper, it is difficult to confirm the original quire structure.
Many of the original quire signatures are trimmed out, and in several cases the outer leaves of the quires have been lost. Thus, only a couple original signatures remain in the lower right margin of the last verso. f. 59v
One leaf has become misplaced; the correct order of the leaves should be: 124, 126–131, 125, 132–136. There are no traces left of the original quire structure.
Due to severe restauration with trimmed leaves and new glued-on guards, it is not possible to accomplish a collation. Fol. 125 should have come after fol. 131, and fol. 191 belongs before fol. 145. Furthermore, the overall order of the texts has probably undergone changes at rebinding, since the writer’s note on ff. 161r–161v may be an indication that this leaf was once the last leaf of the book, or at least of the Aristotle and Lucian collection of texts.
Only two original quire signatures left, in the lower right margin of the last verso
Due to restauration with trimmed leaves and new glued-on guards, it is not possible to accomplish a collation of the original quires.
(ff. LCI, SL1r–SL1v)
Blank endleaves, except for a for a shelfmark label on (LCI). The first endleaf is partly pasted down (or has been lifted to expose the cover inside).
Blank endleaves, except for a few paragraph numbers that go together with the text on the opposite page, (f. 216v). The second endleaf is partly pasted down.
Headpiece in brown ink on (f. 1r) and a couple of larger initials on (f. 2v) – unskillfully executed later additions.
Rubricated titles and some red initials, mostly plain. Only a couple of flourished initials; see e.g. ff. 47v–44r, 83v.
Titles partly in red ink, partly in black. Simple ornaments in red or black accompanying rubrics and some initials (see e.g. (f. 131v)).
Red titles, plain red initials, a modest headpiece on (f. 137r); marginalia sometimes in red.
Titles, initials, and some marginalia in red ink.
Greek-style binding, bound in wooden boards cut flush with the textblock. The boards have grooves at all edges. Unsupported sewing on five sewing stations. Reddish-brown goatskin cover, blind-tooled with frames and vegetal borders. Holes after two straps and pins at foredge. Another single hole in the left cover. Compound endbands with secondary sewing in green, red and white silk. A movable string marker of linen thread attached to the headband. Modern endleaves.
Rebound. In this process, the bookblock was restored extensively. Each leaf was given a new guard and sometimes also new margins, but many leaves had apparently gone missing prior to that radical rescue operation. Most often it is the outer double-leaf in the quire that has been lost.