11 results in English
Poem Concerning the Departure of the Magi
This 15th-century manuscript, in Renaissance script, contains a poetic composition (De profectione Magorum adorare Christum et de innocentibus interfectis ab Herode) by a "Gabriel Volaterranus." The author was in all likelihood Gabriello Zacchi da Volterra, the archpriest (acting dean, vicar to the bishop) of the cathedral, who was from a culturally sophisticated background and died in 1467 at the age of 33. The author dedicates the work to Tommaso del Testa Piccolomini, the secret assistant of Pope Pius II (folio 132r), to whom Pius had granted the privilege of kinship ...
Bucolics, Georgics, and the Aeneid
This 15th-century manuscript, known as the Riccardiana Virgil, includes the texts of the three extant works of the great Roman poet Virgil, the Bucolics, the Georgics, and the Aeneid, and contains 88 miniature paintings in the lower margin of many of the vellum leaves. The miniatures, 86 in the Aeneid and one each in the Bucolics and the Georgics, are attributed to Florentine artist Apollonio di Giovanni and his workshop. Those illustrating the story of Aeneas reflect the influence of Benozzo Gozzoli, who in 1459 completed a suite of frescos ...
Seven Books of the Saturnalia
This codex from the Plutei Collection of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence contains the complete text of Saturnalia by the fourth−fifth century Latin author Macrobius. The work takes the form of a series of dialogues among learned men at a fictional banquet at which they discuss antiquities, history, literature, mythology, and other topics. The manuscript may have been copied by a scribe belonging to Bernardo Nuzzi’s circle of copyists in Florence. It organizes the seven original books of Macrobius into five books. The inscription on the recto ...
Hrotsvitha's Poems
This 11th century manuscript is the only to survive to transmit the complete text of the epic and dramatic works of the first German poetess, Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim. Corrections and marginal notes are entered in the hand of the humanist Konrad Celtis, who used the manuscript as a printer's copy for his edition of Hrotsvitha's works published in Nuremberg in 1501. The manuscript once belonged to the Benedictine monastery of Saint Emmeram in Ratisbon (present-day Regensburg) and reached Munich in 1811. Born around 935, Hrotsvitha was a canoness ...
Contributed by Bavarian State Library
Literary Program, Which Dr. Ivan de Soto Rector of the Royal College of Lima Ordered to be Published in [Preparation for the] Coming of His Excellency Sir Francisco de Borja
Ivsta literaria qve mando pvblicar el doctor Ivan de Soto rector dela real Vniversidad de Lima enla venida del Excelentissimo Señor Don Francisco de Boria (Literary Program, which Dr. Ivan de Soto rector of the Royal College of Lima ordered to be published in [preparation for the] coming of his excellency Sir Francisco de Borja) was published in Lima, Peru, in 1615. This one-page document is a program prepared in anticipation of the arrival in Lima of Francisco de Borja y Aragón, prince of Esquilache, the Spanish nobleman and official ...
Contributed by National Library of Peru
Emblems: With Many Images from Ancient Works; by Ján Sambucus of Tyrnavia in Pannonia
Emblemata: Cvm Aliqvot Nvmmis Antiqvi Operis (Emblems: with many images from ancient works) is by the notable Slovak poet, polymath, publisher, collector, and university professor Ján Sambucus (also known as János Zsámboki, 1531−84). Born in Trnava (also referred to as Tyrnavia) in western Slovakia, Sambucus was considered to be the outstanding humanistic personality of Central Europe. He maintained contacts with many European scholars, with whom he collaborated in his publishing and collecting activities and his historical research. A substantial part of his life was spent at the imperial court ...
Contributed by Slovak National Library
Five Books of Poems by the Hungarian Royal Poet Laureate Master Ján Bocatius
M. Ioannis Bocatii Poëtӕ Laureati Cӕʃarei Hvngaridos Libri Poematvm V (Five books of poems by the Hungarian Royal Poet Laureate Master Ján Bocatius) is a collection of occasional poems in Latin by the historian, diplomat, and poet Ioannes, or Ján, Bocatius (1568–1621). The five books in the work are (1) martial and war poems; (2) encomiastic poems (poems of praise); (3) nuptial poems; (4) miscellaneous poems; and (5) funerary poems. Bocatius was a Lusitanian Serb (i.e., Sorb) who, after completing his studies at the end of the 16th ...
Contributed by Slovak National Library
Saint Jerome’s “Instruments of Hieronymus” and other Music Manuscripts
A particular set of colored drawings—the so-called “instruments of Hieronymus”—is often found in portrayals of medieval musical instruments. These drawings go back to this miscellany from the Benedictine abbey of Saint Emmeram in Ratisbon (present-day Regensburg), Bavaria, which comprises several writings on music from the ninth century to the 13th. Executed in Freising in the third quarter of the ninth century, the drawings illustrate a letter, said to have been written by the Church Father and translator of the Bible Saint Jerome (died 420) to the Gallic Christian ...
Contributed by Bavarian State Library
Poem on the Acts of the Apostles
Arator's De Actibus Apostolorum (Acts of the Apostles), written in the sixth century, is the last example of Roman Biblical verse epic in the classical tradition. This 10th-century manuscript is decorated with a pen-and-ink drawing depicting Arator as he hands his work over for correction to Florianus, abbot of a convent near Milan; it is the earliest portrait of Arator to be preserved. The manuscript, which was apparently much used in the Middle Ages, seems to have been written and decorated in southwest Germany towards the end of the ...
Contributed by Bavarian State Library
Poems by Prudentius
According to inventory records, this manuscript must have been part of the library of the Abbey of Saint Emmeram before 993. It contains the complete works of Prudentius (born 348), which enjoyed great popularity in the Middle Ages but which today are preserved in their entirety in only 30 manuscripts. The manuscript is written in a Carolingian minuscule in several hands and features 11 pen-drawn initials executed by two illustrators in brick-red color, two of them showing zoomorphic elements. The initial A in “Ales diei nuntius” (The winged herald of ...
Contributed by Bavarian State Library
Carmina Burana
This manuscript contains 318 songs, most of them in Latin, some in German. Their content is almost exclusively profane: didactic moralizing poems and satires, love songs and spring songs, and drinking and gaming verses are here brought together in the most comprehensive and important collection of lyric poetry from the 12th and early 13th centuries. The songs seem to be derived from various sources, some of them probably originating with itinerant scholars. In addition to these songs, the manuscript contains two Latin plays: a Nativity play and a Passion play ...
Contributed by Bavarian State Library