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CLA 203
  • London United Kingdom British Library Harley MS 5792
Script Uncial
Date VIII (701 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written either in Italy or France. The archetype was probably a damaged papyrus codex (see e.g. fol. 166), in which moreover S and I looked alike (hence errors like 'aenesdos', 'neicio' for 'aeneidos', 'nescio'). The almost contemporary marginal entry 'deletum est' on fol. 269 seems by a North Italian hand, and the heavy black capitals on foll. 260–272 recall the Wolfenbüttel Isidore (MS 64), of North Italian origin; but the 'abc' probatio pennae on fol. 40 seems French rather than Italian. The glossary is textually related to Laon 444 saec. IX, of the school of Scotus Eriugena. Belonged to Cardinal Nicolaus Cusanus (1401–64): the fifteenth-century ex-libris is seen on fol. 1. Bought from a bookseller by Harley in 1723/4 with other Cues MSS.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66309
Support Parchment
Contents Ps.- Cicero, Synonyma; Ps.- Cyrillus Alexandrinus, Glossarium Graeco-Latinum.
Script Commentary

Script is a bold, not very expert uncial: the top of uncial A, has a serif to the right, as in Greek uncial; the tail of G often ends in a tiny thick stroke turned to the right; the two bows of uncial M run together; the third stroke of N is sometimes comma-shaped and connects with the second stroke well above the base line, a common feature of late North Italian uncial; the down stroke of R often has an added hair line; T here and there rises above the line even in mid-word; Y is regularly doited and occasionally V-shaped; FF and LL run together. The Greek uncial in the opposite column is imitative and assimilated to the Latin forms.


☛CLA first-edition date (VII–VIII) changed to follow second edition. ☛Bischoff, Katalog 2 no. 2489a

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