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Volume / Number: 3 / 344b

CLA 344b
  • Milan Italy Biblioteca Ambrosiana G. 82 Sup. (p. 209–210, 375–376, 385–386, 449–452, 461–462, 471–474) [palimpsest new]
Script Uncial, Half-Uncial, Irish Majuscule
Date VII² (651 - 700)
Origin and Provenance

Written doubtless at Bobbio. For the composition and history of the palimpsest see preceding items (CLA 3.344a, 345).

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 66446
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Vetus (Vulgata, 1–2 Sm, 3–4 Rg).
Script Commentary

The work of replacing text was accomplished by scribes writing uncial, half-uncial, and Irish majuscule. The uncial is natural and calligraphic: the bow of uncial A ends in a downward antenna; the hasta of uncial E is high and the eye is closed; the bow of h is high and full; the base of L is broad and makes a right angle; the uprights of N are thin; T has a slightly wavy base at right angles to the stem. The half-uncial is a somewhat compressed type seen in other early MSS from Bobbio, as Ambros. I. 61 sup., likewise a Gothic palimpsest (CLA 3.351): b has a characteristic broad bow curling in; the hasta of f is low and rests on the line; is almost minuscule (on page 462 the same or a similar hand uses once an unmistakable Irish ); L has a fairly broad base at right angles to the stem; N resembles H with a slightly sagging cross-bar; the cross-stroke of curves down at the left, now and then forming a loop; uncial G and R occur. The Irish majuscule is bold and calligraphic: d, n, R, S, and (less often) are used; the same or a similar hand corrected and retraced many pages. A verse omitted by the sixth-century half-uncial scribe has been inserted in the margin of page 150 by a seventh-century Irish hand; the omission is marked by in the text answered by h before the marginal insertion.


☛CLA date changed from saec. VII to follow Engelbert, Rev. Béned. 78 (1968), p. 237–238. ☛M. van den Hout, 'Gothic palimpsests of Bobbio' Scriptorium 6 (1952) 91-93.

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