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CLA 74
  • Vatican City Italy Biblioteca del Vaticano Palatinus Lat. 24 (foll. 72, 79, 80, 82–85, 87–99, 102–121, 129–176) [palimpsest old]
Script Rustic Capital
Date III–IV (280 - 320)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain. A scribe’s signature on foll. 173–172, the first page of a quire, seems to read: COTT.A.. SCRIBSIT. The Gellius was erased for rewriting ca. saec. VII–VIII. The MS was probably at Lorsch during the eighth century. Later it was at Heidelberg, whence it was removed to the Vatican in 1623.

CLA Vol. 1
TM Number TM 66170
Support Parchment
Contents Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae (fragm.).
Script Commentary

Script is Rustic capital of a striking type, written probably with a reed, and showing marked contrast between fine and thick strokes an example of extreme technical ability: B, F, L often rise above the other letters; F, G and last stroke of U descend below the base line; Y has a peculiar shape a straight stem supporting a slanting s-like top. Blank spaces carefully calculated were left for the Greek texts cited but were never filled.


☛CLA date (IV) changed to follow: G. Cavallo, Pap. Flor. 36 (2005), pp. 207–8. ☛DCLP.

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