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Chrysococces, Geo'rgius

Γεώργιος ό Χρυσοκόκκης), was a learned Greek physician, who lived in the middle of the fourteenth century of the Christian aera, and wrote several valuable works on astronomy and mathematics.

Georgius Chrysococces identical with Chrysococces the friend of Theodore Gaza

It would seem that Georgius Chrysococces is identical with Chrysococces the friend of Theodore Gaza, both of whom were employed for some time in the library of the Vatican, and saved several valuable Greek MSS. from oblivion or destruction.


None of the works of Chrysococces have been printed, although their publication would apparently be a valuable acquisition to the history of astronomy.

Works in MS

His principal works extant in MS. are:

Ἐξήγησις εἰς τὴν σύνταξιν τῶν Περσῶν ἐν κεφαλαίοις μξ́, σὺν τοῖς Ἀστρονομικοῖσδιαγράμμασικαὶ Γεωγραφικοῖς πίναξιν, Expositio in Constructionem Persarum per Capita 47, cum Astronomicis Designationibus, et Geographicis Tabulis, in the Bibl. Ambrosiana. It seems that this work is the same which we find in the Royal Library at Paris, under the title Γεωργίου τοῦ Χρυσοκόκκη τοῦ ἰατροῦ Ἀστρονομικά.>

There is another Codex in the same library, entitled Γεωργίον ἰατροῦ τοῦ Χρυσοκόκκη περὶ τῆς εὑρήσεως τῆς ἡμέρας τῆς ἁπλῶς συξυγίας ἡλίου καὶ σελήυης, De inveniendis Syzygiis Lunae solaribus per singulos Anni Menses. In the Royal Library at Madrid is *Pw=s dei= kataskeua/cein *(Wrosko/pon, h\/toi *)Astro/labon, Quomodo construendum sit Horoscopium, aut Astrolabium.

A codex in the Ambrosian Library, inscribed Ἔκδοσις εἰς τὸ ᾿ιουδαικον Ἐξαπτέρυγον, Editio et Expositio Syntagmatis Canonum Astronomicorum Judaicorum, is attributed to Georgius Chrysococces, who has also left a MS. of Homer's Odyssey, written and accompanied with scholia by himself, in the year of the world 6844 (A. D. 1336), as it is said in the copy of this work which was formerly in the Bibl. Palatina at Heidelberg, whence it was sent to Rome by the Spaniards, and kept in the Vatican library till 1815, when it was sent back to Heidelberg with the rest of the Palatine library by order of pope Pius VII.

History of the Byzantine Empire

It is doubtful if Georgius Chrysococces is the same Chrysococces who wrote a history of the Byzantine empire, of which a fragment on the murder of sultan Mürad I. in A. D. 1389 is given by Fabricius. The complete astronomical works of Chrysococces, as stated above, have not been published, but several of his Astronomical and Geographical tables have been inserted in various modern works on Astronomy and Geography.

Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Graec. xii. pp. 54 57.


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