A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. D'Orville 21

Summary Catalogue no.: 16899


Seneca, Tragedies
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders and initials. Written by Johannes, son of Guido de Malzinzelis, fol. 200r. (P├Ącht and Alexander ii. 687, pl. LXVII)

fol. 1r

  • Title Herules furens
  • Type initial S
  • Subject Hercules in lion skin.
  • Title Herules furens
  • Type border, upper and left margins
  • Subject Nimbed lion with book.

fol. 22v

  • Title Thyestes
  • Type initial Q
  • Subject Half-figure of Thyestes.

fol. 41r

  • Title Phoenissae
  • Type initial I
  • Subject Half-figure of a bearded man.

fol. 51v

  • Title Phaedra
  • Type initial I
  • Subject Mask.

fol. 99v

  • Title Troades
  • Type initial Q
  • Subject Half-figure of a young woman.

fol. 118v

  • Title Medea
  • Type initial D
  • Subject Half-figure of a tonsured cleric in prayer.

fol. 135v

  • Title Agamemnon
  • Type initial O
  • Subject Half-figure of a young woman.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, Milan

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (9 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.