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CLA 298
  • Florence Italy Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Lat. LXV. 1
Script Uncial
Date VI (501 - 600)
Origin and Provenance

Written probably in North Italy, perhaps at Ravenna. The scribe’s name, Viliaric, is Gothic. The MS was read and punctuated, in part at least, by a reader familiar with Beneventan methods. It may have been in South Italy in the eleventh century and gone to Florence along with other classical MSS of authenticated South Italian origin.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 66397
Support Parchment
Contents Orosius, Historia Adversum Paganos (1–6).
Script Commentary

Script is a good calligraphic uncial, not of the oldest type. Marginal entries summarizing contents in contemporary sloping uncial are numerous, a few are in contemporary or seventh-century cursive (foll. 74v, 76v, 80v). Neumes added on fol. 175. The prayer on fol. 101v in sprawling half-uncial (saec. VII?) has an omega-like a (ω). The tenth-century reader who filled in a blank on foll. 60 and 67 had access to the first decade of Livy. There are points of similarity with Verona XXXIX (37) (CLA 4.496), the MS of Cassiodorus’ Complexiones.


Mabillon, De re diplomatica, pp. 354–5 and pl. VI. 5.

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