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MS. Lat. class. c. 11

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Claudian, Claudianus maior
In Rufinum I, II.

The preface to II precedes De bello Gildonico on fol.2vc

Language(s): Latin
De bello Gildonico
Language(s): Latin
In Eutropium I, II
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Fescennina de nupoiis Honorii Augusti et M(ari)e
Epitalamium de nuptiis Honorii Augusti
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Panagericus de tercio consulatu
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: In eundem iiij consulatus dictus
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Panagericus dictus Theodoro consuli
Language(s): Latin
De consulatu Stilichonis


Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Panagericus de vjº consulatu Honorii Augusti
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: De bello Getico
Language(s): Latin

Fescennina ode III repeated

Language(s): Latin
Final rubric: Explicit Claudianus magnus

Lt (‘Cheltenhamensis 8775’) in edition of Birt, M.G.H., Auct.antiq.X, 1892, described p. CXXI.

Language(s): Latin

Probably originally part of a larger MS., consecutive with MS. Lat. class. c. 12 (q.v.)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern parchment) + iv (paper) + 15 + iv (paper) + i (modern parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 355 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 280–90 × 190–5 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i-v, 1–20; the text leaves foliated in pencil in the lower margin, probably by Phillipps




72–81 lines; in 3 columns; ruled in pencil


Red and blue initials with penwork.


Bound c.1800 in figured red velvet, with blue silk linings decorated in gold, edges gilt and gauffered. Paper flyleaves have watermarks ‘J. Whatman’ and ‘1794 J. Whatman’, cf. Heawood, nos. 3459–60.


Origin: 13th century, late ; French (Italian-looking hand) (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably from same MS. as MS. Lat. class. c. 12.

Theodore Poelman (or Pulman), 16th century: annotated by him, and inscribed 'Sum Theodori Pulmanni' (fol. 1r). Cited as MS.P in his edition of Claudian, first published by Plantin, 1571; but M.A. Del Rio, in his Notae in Claudianum (Antwerp, 1572, but found accompanying Poelman's 1571 edition) refers to the MS. as ‘m.s. liber quam mihi utentum Victor Giselinus[i.e. Ghyselinc] singulari vir doctrina concessit’ (cit. Hall, ed. cit., p.17). At least one other MS. from Poelman's collection now in the Plantin Moretus Museum, MS.Lat.120, was given to him by Giselinus.

John Broadley, his sale, 12 July 1832, lot 182 (this no. in pencil on fol. i verso).

Thomas Thorpe, Catalogue of upwards of 1400 MSS ..., 1836, no. 282

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 8775

Sotheby's 28 Nov. 1967, lot 100. Bought.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.