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Library Place Bamberg
Library Name Staatsbibliothek
Shelfmark MS Ph. 1 (HJ.IV.16)
Folio Range Whole MS (51 fols)
Date X
  • England (?)
  • Brittany (?)

Bamberg Cathedral

  • Alcuin, De dialectica (1r-24r)
  • Hisperic poem inc. Omnipotens mesia soter adde legentibus auxin (24r)
  • Boethius's translation of Porphyrius, Introductio in Aristotelis categorias (24r-35v)
  • Apuleius, Peri Hermeneias (36r-46r)
  • Excerpts from Isidore, Etymologiae, II, xxix-xxxi, here titled De divisione definitionum ex Marii Victorini libro adbreviatis (46r-51r)
  • De divisione philosophiae eiusdem (51r)
  • Diagram of the divisions of philosophia (51v).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

Bischoff (Kat. I, 54) offers a laconic tentative attribution to either England or Brittany. At the end of Alcuin's De dialectica there is a curious 'Hisperic' short poem, inc. Omnipotens mesia soter adde legentibus auxin (edited from this MS by K. Strecker in MGH, Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, IV, 2 (Berlin, 1923), p. 1067, item XXVII; cf. also the poetic colophon at fol. 35v, presenting some striking alliterations: Hic pascitur gramine sub monte hoc petra uetusta / Ducite nunc petram pueri per prata iuuencam). In view of the Breton penchant for 'Hisperic' colophons and subscriptions (cf. e.g. Lemoine 1988 and 1995), the presence of this poem could perhaps support the ascription of this MS to Brittany. It is also notable that many instances of capital N have a rather 'insular' appearance. The interesting tract on the divisions of philosophia at fol. 51r is edited in Bischoff 1958: 13.

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog No number; vol. I, p. 54
Essential bibliography

ASM 562 (§784.5); Bischoff 1958: 13; Fischer 1899: 393–5; Innovating Knowledge.

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Author Jacopo Bisagni
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