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Volume / Number: 3 / 295

CLA 295
  • Florence Italy Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana without number
Script Uncial and Mixed Half-Uncial
Date VI (533 - 550)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably at Byzantium soon after the promulgation of the Code on 16 December 533. A doubtful tradition connects it with South Italy. Was at Pisa by the middle of the twelfth century, where it was regarded as a civic treasure as early as 1284. Taken to Florence in 1406 as a trophy of war. Reached the Laurenziana some time after 1786.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 66369
Support Parchment
Contents Iustinianus, Digesta seu Pandecta.
Name Codex Florentinus.
Script Commentary

Script is an expert uncial of a definite type found in a number of legal MSS (see CLA 3.293), written by not too careful scribes, who often allowed half-uncial elements to slip in (especially m, r, and ): the bow of uncial A is small, low, and rounded; B rises above the line, the lower bow resembling an inclined oval; G has its tail turning up to the right (in one hand); the upright of R descends below the line, the bow touches the line, and the last stroke is almost horizontal. A peculiar half-uncial is used in the prefatory matter (foll. 11v–19), and in marginalia: uncial A and G have the uncial form, and the tail of G turns upward to the right; R shows the transition from uncial to half-uncial; has the peculiar upper stroke resembling an elongated comma. In parts of the MS a large letter begins each column. Numerous interesting marginalia in a variety of scripts, mostly contemporary.


☛Formerly Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Codex Pisanus F). ☛Seider, Paläographie II.2, no.25. ☛Lowe, Palaeographical Papers 2 (1972), pl. 64 and 111. ☛De re diplomatica, p. 356 and pl. VII. 3. ☛Davide Baldi, ‘Il Codex Florentinus del Digesto e il Fondo Pandette della Biblioteca Laurenziana (con un’appendice dei documenti inediti)’, Segno e Testo 8 (2010) 99-186.

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