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Library Place Rome (Città del Vaticano)
Library Name Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Shelfmark MS
Folio Range 2nd C.U. (fols 22-54)
Date X
  • Brittany (?)
  • Francia (?)


  • In nomine Dei sumi amen. Incipit de aetatibus animantium Hesiodon (a discussion of the term natura) (22r)
  • Accessus to Aristotle (22r)
  • Marginal notes and diagrams dealing mostly with concepts such as ousia, genus, species, dialectica, etc. (22r)
  • Glosses and notes on a wide variety of words and concepts (e.g. dialectica, uersus, the name of the Franks, etc.), serving as an accessus to the next item (22v)
  • Versus Alcuini diaconi ad Carolum regem Francorum, inc. Continet iste decem naturae uerba libellus (Alcuin's carmen 73), with abundant scholia (22v)
  • Pseudo-Augustine, Categoriae decem (here titled Categoriae Aristotelis ab Augustino translatae ad filium sum Adeodatum), with abundant scholia (23r-50r)
  • Pseudo-Augustine, <De> Decem preceptis et decem plagis, inc. Diligenter considerandum est cur numerus preceptorum legis Dei cum numero plagarum Aegypti qui sibi aduersantur coaequari uideatur (52v-53v)
  • Empty folios (except for two glosses on fol. 54v) (50v-52r, 54r-v).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

Bischoff (1989: 120) tentatively proposed a Breton origin for this codicological unit, presumably on the basis of its script. However, I am not aware of any other reason to ascribe this MS to Brittany; thus, Bischoff's suggestion remains to be tested. A further copy of the anonymous tract De decem preceptis et decem plagis, occurring at fols 52v–53v, can be found at fols 85v–86v of Rome (Città del Vaticano), BAV,, a MS whose origin is unclear (possibly Northern France or Germany), although we do know that it had reached England by the early eleventh century.

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog n/a
Essential bibliography

Bischoff 1989: 120.

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Author Jacopo Bisagni
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