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MS. Auct. F. 3. 6

Summary Catalogue no.: 2666

Prudentius; England, before 1072


Language(s): Latin, with some glosses in Old English

(fol. ii verso)
Incipit: Hec lege qui rectum

Fourteen elegiac lines on the Passio romani (item 5).

Incipit: ⟨Au⟩rilius Prudentius Clemens iste

Latin account of Prudentius, his poems, and their metres.

2. (fol. 1)
Prudentius , Cathemerinon (with preface)
4. (fol. 43v)
Prudentius , Hamartigenia
5. (fol. 43v)
Prudentius , Peristephanon (no. 10)
Rubric: Incipit passio Romani
6. (fol. 89)
Prudentius , Psychomachia
7. (fol. 111)
Prudentius , Peristephanon (nos. 1-9, 11-14)
9. (fol. 188v)
Prudentius , Dittochaeon

All except item 1 copiously glossed, some glosses in Old English; two Old English charms on fols. ii recto, iii verso.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 193 + iv fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 180-90 mm.
Dimensions (written): c. 170-5 × 110-15 mm.


1-2 cols., 24 lines.


Two scribes: (i) fols. ii-iii verso, 2-88v, 111-93v (ii) fols. 89-110v.

Musical Notation:



Coloured initials, rubrics (some in minium).


Origin: 11th century (before 1072) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Given to Exeter cathedral by Leofric, bishop 1046-72 (fol. iii verso).

Probably presented to the Bodleian by the Dean and Chapter of Exeter in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 56 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, music, provenance]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (45 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-24: Fully revised to incorporate all information in Watson and SC.