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Volume / Number: 3 / 397a

CLA 397a
  • Naples Italy Biblioteca Nazionale Lat. 2 (foll. 76–111, 140–156, 159)
Script Quarter-Uncial
Date V (401 - 500)
Origin and Provenance

Written most likely in Italy. Irish hands at Bobbio in the eighth century restored in the margin damaged portions of the original text (foll. 109–110) and made two large additions. Found at Bobbio in 1493. For the later history of the MS see previous entry CLA 3.394. The text of Servius de Finalibus was entered, doubtless at Bobbio, by an eighth-century Irish hand on fol. 139v—a page left blank at the end of the MS of Claudius Sacerdos described in the next item—and continued on foll. 140–141v over an erased text of Charisius.

CLA Vol. 3
TM Number TM 66500
Support Parchment
Contents Probus, De Catholicis, De Prosodia ad Marcellum; Charisius, Ars Grammatica; Excerpta.
Script Commentary

Script is an expert and finely penned small half-uncial known as quarter-uncial, with occasional admixture of uncial and cursive elements: the ancient d-shaped b occurs on fol. 107; i following r or is mostly long and frequently extends below the line; u is often cup-shaped, resembling open o, as in older Latin cursive. On fol. 111v is an insertion of excerpts from Macrobius, in part by the Irish scribe of foll. 157–158 (see CLA 3.397b). Another eighth-century Irish hand used the last blank page (fol. 139v) of the MS of Claudius Sacerdos described in the next item and foll. 140–141v, from which the fifth-century quarter-uncial had been erased, for copying Servius de Finalibus; abbreviations include the usual Insular symbols; script is an angular Irish minuscule mixed with majuscule.


☛Formerly Vienna, Hofbibliothek 16 (foll. 76–111, 140–156, 159).

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