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Volume / Number: 3 / **296

CLA **296
  • Florence Italy Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Plut.39.1
  • Vatican City Italy Biblioteca del Vaticano Lat. 3225 (fol. 76)
Script Rustic Capital
Date V (ante 494) (401 - 493)
Origin and Provenance

Written presumably at Rome, certainly corrected and punctuated there by Turcius Rufius Apronianus Asterius, consul in 494, according to a subscription in contemporary Uncial and Rustic capital on fol. 8. Later in the monastery of St Columban at Bobbio; the usual Bobbio ex-libris stands on fol. 2; in the inventory of 1461 the MS was number 160. Probably left Bobbio for Rome with Abbot Gregorio di Crema in 1467, when he became head of St Paul-outside-the-walls, where it remained at least until 1501. Loaned to Pomponius Laetus and used by Bussi, 1470–1471. Belonged to A. Colocci (†1549); to the Vatican 1500–1521; to the Del Monte family by 1550. Taken by Paul III in 1549 and destined for the Vatican. Given by Pope Julius III (ca. 1550) to his adopted nephew Card. Innocenzo del Monte, who had it until 1560; from 1560 to 1564 in the hands of Card. Rodolfo Pio di Carpi, who bequeathed it to the Vatican. In 1566 again in the hands of Del Monte until at least 1569. Reached the Medici certainly after 1569 and before 1589, in what manner is unknown.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 65874
Support Parchment
Contents Vergilius, Eclogae, Georgica, Aeneis.
Name Codex Mediceus. (M)
Script Commentary

Script is a delicately penned Rustic capital by more than one hand: F rises above the headline, otherwise easily confused with E; the lower bow of G curls in; the horizontal stroke of H intersects the first upright (an early corrector on foll. 53v, 54v uses the K-shaped H); i-longa occurs now and then for the semi-vocal sound; L rises somewhat above the line; the uprights of M are almost vertical; N is broad; the bow of P is tiny; U is V-shaped at the beginning of a verse, elsewhere U-shaped; Y is invariably tall. Marginalia in contemporary sloping half-uncial occur in the Bucolics with R and s uniformly uncial. Early addition in uncial on fol. 96 bis; in cursive b-uncial on foll. 161v, l75v, etc.


Mabillon, De re diplomatica, pp. 352, 354–5, and pl. VI. 4; Nouveau Traité, III, p. 51 and pl. 35, VI (3).

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