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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)
8. (fol. 146v)
Prudentius, Contra Symmachum
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.