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Library Place Bern
Library Name Burgerbibliothek
Shelfmark MS 179
Folio Range Whole MS (64 fols)
Date IX 3/3
  • Brittany (?)
  • North-Western Francia near Brittany (?)
  • Loire Valley (probably)
  • Auxerre (?)
  • Fleury (?)


  • Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophiae, with scholia (1r-63v)
  • Neumes (3r)
  • Fragment of Priscian, Partitiones duodecim versuum Aeneidos principalium (64r-v).
Old Breton Materials No
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials No
Connection with Brittany

Mostert (LF BF100) points out that 'some letters remind one of the later English minuscule', and that 'the illumination on f. 31r was made in Brittany or by a Breton.' Moreover, Bischoff (Kat. 548) notes the presence of a 'kuriose insuleske Init[iale]' at fol. 1v. The scholia to Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae may be (according to a suggestion formulated by Courcelle and reported in Pellegrin 1984–5: 161) 'une rédaction abrégée du commentaire de Remi d'Auxerre'; indeed, Pellegrin (1984–5: 162–3) proposed to consider Rome (Città del Vaticano), BAV, (containing works by Seneca and probably written in a centre of the Loire Valley) as a MS possibly close to Bern 179, and Papahagi (2010: 33–4, n. 76) lists the Bern codex among the copies of the Consolatio possibly or probably produced at Fleury. Overall, the evidence in favour of a Breton origin seems rather weak.

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog 548
Essential bibliography

Hagen 1875: 239; LF BF100; Papahagi 2010: 33–4 (n. 76); Pellegrin 1988: 289, 291, 293; Riché 2004: 20.

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Last Updated 2021-05-10 15:36:42
Author Jacopo Bisagni
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