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CLA 521
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Ms Gr. 107 [palimpsest new]
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Ms Gr. 107 A
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Ms Gr. 107 B [palimpsest new]
  • Paris France Bibliothèque Nationale de France Ms Gr. 20 (codex Claromontanus)
Script b-d Uncial
Date V (401 - 500)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain but manifestly in the West and possibly in South Italy. The manuscript was written in a centre where for centuries Greek was more familiar than Latin, but where pure Latin scripts were also known. On the other hand, the use of b-d uncials—also found in the Codex Bezae (CLA 2.140), suggests an eccentric scriptorium. The MS was at Clermont near Beauvais in the sixteenth century. Came into the possession successively of Beza, Claude Dupuy, and his sons. Was bought before 1656 by Louis XIV for the Royal Library where its press-mark was 2245. Thirty-five leaves were stolen by Jean Aymon in 1707; one leaf was returned by Mr Stosch in 1720, the rest by Lord Harley in 1729.

CLA Vol. 5
TM Number TM 65887
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Epistulae Pauli. (Vetus Latina, Rm, 1 Cor, 2 Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, 1 Th, 2 Th, 1 Tim, 2 Tim, Tit, Phlm, Hbr). Graece et Latine.
Name Codex Claromontanus.
Script Commentary

Script is a delicate expert b-d uncial written by a scribe trained to write Greek: letters A, E, N, O, T follow Greek canon and I occasionally has a diaeresis. R recalls the form used in the Florentine Digests and other legal MSS. Folio 6r, a restoration, is by a hand unaccustomed to writing Latin. Corrections by many hands. A Western hand saec. VI entered on foll. 467v–468v a stichometrical list of the books of the Bible. The Epistle to the Romans shows corrections (followed by r͞ō) in curious small cursive saec. VI or VII, in which the forms of q and the st ligature as well as certain abbreviations are noteworthy, e.g. , (fol. 62), for per, pro, for qui, and –̇ to note omitted M. Some corrections and liturgical notes in mixed half-uncial in grey ink seen on foll. 38, 149, 173.


☛De re diplomatica, p. 346 and pl. II. 5. Nouveau Traité, III, pp. 143–4, 414, 438 and pl. XL. 1. 2; LVII. 2. 5. 2, 2. 8. 1 and 2; LIX. 4. 2. 2. ☛cf. J. Irigoin, La tradition des textes grecs, p. 444, 507–8. ☛Brown, In the Beginning No. 30.

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