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MS. Auct. F. 6. 27

Summary Catalogue no.: 28117

Terence, Comedies; Germany, 10th century, late, or 11th century, first half

Contents

(fols. 1r-112v)
Terence, Comedies

With interlinear and marginal commentary. The 'Codex Ebnerianus' of Terence. Calliopian note after all plays except the Andria.

(fol. 1r-1v)
Rubric: Incipit uita ⟨Ter⟩entii
Incipit: Terentius afer genere cartagin^i^ensis puer captus et a quodam terentio lucano emptus
Explicit: nemo accipiebat.
A. Mai, M. Accii Plauti Fragmenta inedita ; item ad P. Terentium commentationes (1815) 37–8
(fol. 1v)
Rubric: Terentii uersus
Incipit: Natus in excelsis
Explicit: cautus erit
(fol. 1v)
Incipit: Sororem falso creditam
Explicit: alias Charino coniugem.
Argument to Andria
(fols. 2r-21r)
Andria
(fol. 2r-v)
Prologue
Rubric: Incipit Liber primus Terentii Afri In andria
Incipit: Poeta cum primum appulit animum adscribendum
Explicit: sint uobis prius.
(fol. 2v-21r)
Incipit: Simo. senex. sosia. Uos istec intro auferte

Spurious alternative ending:

Incipit: (fol. 21r) Te expectabam
Explicit: sex talenta spondeo.
(fols. 22v-45r)
Eunuchus
(fol. 22v)
Prologue
Incipit: Quisquam collectiuum nomen est
Explicit: et huic testamentum ea lege.
(fol. 22v)
Rubric: Argumentum Eunuchi
Incipit: Meretrix adulescente cuius mutuo amore
Explicit: amoris receptus includitur.
(fol. 22v)
Versus
Incipit: Dulcia que docuit
Explicit: dulcis mente conscriptio heri.
(fol. 23r-v)
Prologue
Rubric: Incipit Eunuchus
Incipit: Acta Ludis Megalensibus. Lucio. Postumio ...
Incipit: Si quisquam est qui placere se studeat
Explicit: ut pernoscatis quid sibi Eunuchus velit.
(fols. 23v-45r)
Incipit: Phedria, Parmeno adulscens seruus. Quid igitur faciam?
Explicit: et plaudite Calliopius recensui.
(fols. 45r-63v)
Hautontimorumenos
Rubric: Incipit Hea\u/tontimru\me/nos. Acta Ludis Megalensibus Cornelio Leniulo ...
(fol. 45r-v)
Rubric: Incipit feliciter argumentum
Incipit: In militiam proficisci gnatum cluniam amantem
Explicit: alia clitipho uxorem accipit.
(fols. 45v-46r)
Rubric: Prologus
Incipit: Ne cui uestrum sit mirum
Explicit: uobis placere studeant potius quam sibi.
(fols. 46r-63v)
Incipit: Chremes Menedemus Senes ii. Quam quam hec inter nos
Explicit: Vos valete et plaudite. ego calliopius recensui.
(fols. 64r-79v)
Adelphi
(fol. 64r)
Rubric: Incipit argumentum adelphe
Incipit: O uos cum haberet
Explicit: patre duro demea.
(fol. 64r-v)
Rubric: Prologus
Incipit: ⟨P⟩ostquam poeta sensit scripturam
Explicit: asscribendum augeat industriam.
(fols. 64v-79v)
Rubric: Acta de Funebris, Quinto Fabio Maximo ...
Incipit: Storax in hac non rediit hac nocte a cena
Explicit: istud recte. Claudite. Calliopius recensui.
Final rubric: P. Terentii Afri Adelphos Explicit.
(fols. 79v-93v)
Hecyra
Rubric: Incipit Hecira feliciter Acta Ludis Romanis ...
(fol. 79v)
Rubric: Argumentum
Incipit: Uxorem duxit paphilus philumenam
Explicit: reciupit pamphilus cum filio.
(fol. 80r-v)
Rubric: Prologus
Incipit: Hecira est huic nomen fabulae
Explicit: posthac precio emptas meo.
(fols. 80v-93v)
Incipit: Philotis. Syra. Meretrix. Lena. Per pol quam paucos reperperias[sic] meretricibus
Explicit: ante hunc diem unquam. Plaudite. Calliopius recensui.
Final rubric: Terentius Afri Explicit Hecira.
(fol. 93v)
Distich
Incipit: Potinam qui natans litus pertingere temptat. Herbarum fessus. carpere summa nitens.
(fols. 93v-112v)
Phormio
Rubric: Incipit Phormio. Acta ludis Romanis .L. postumio Albino ...
(fol. 93v)
Rubric: Argumentum
Incipit: Chremetis frater abierat
Explicit: a patruo agnitam.
(fols. 93v-94r)
Rubric: Prologus
Incipit: Postquam poeta vetus poetam
Explicit: adiutans atque aequanimitas.
(fol. 94r-112v)
Incipit: Amicus summus meus
Explicit: Iam hic faxo aderit.
Final rubric: Vos valete et paludite Ter(entius) Pho(rmio) Explicit. Calliopius recensui nouissima.
(fols. 1r-112v)
Scholia on Terence, Comedies

Frequently close to the 'Commentum Monacense' in BSB, Clm 14420 (part ed. Franz Schorsch, 2011)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 112 + iii leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170–75 × 105–10 mm.
Outer column of the gloss:
Dimensions (written): c. 40–45
Foliation: i-iii, 1–115 (additional modern paper bifolium attached before fol. i )

Layout

Main text written in 22–32 long lines, with an interlinear and marginal gloss.

Hand(s)

Five distinct hands, A (fols. 1r-8v), B (fols. 9–22), C (foot of 22v), D (fols. 23r-5v), E (fols. 55r-end)

Decoration

Initials, defaced. (P&A i. 29)

Binding

Post-1600 (19th-century (?)) binding.

History

Origin: 10th century, late, or 11th century, first half ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Adelheit, Hedwich and Matthilt: late 10th or 11th century inscription 'Adelheit. Hedwich. Matthilt curiales adulescentulę unum par .. amicitię' (fol. 112v; the Summary Catalogue read 'par sunt'). Claudia Villa, La 'lectura Terentii' (1984), 103ff, suggested these could be identified as Adelheid (Adelaide), d. 1043, daughter of Otto II and Theophanu, later abbess of Quelingburg (999), later of Gandersheim (1039); Matilda of Germany (d. 1025), founder of Brauweiler; and Hedwig of Swabia (d. 994). Villa further suggested that the manuscript may have once been at Gandersheim Abbey, where Otto II's daughters were educated. See also Constant J. Mews, The lost love letters of Heloise and Abelard (1999, second edition 2008), pp. 367–68 n. 119.

Augsburg, Nunnery of St Ursula (?): inscription 'Iste liber T. monasterij sanct............ augusta' (fol. 1r), read in the Summary Catalogue as 'monasterij sanct[e Ursule martyris in ??] augusta'.

Michael von Pfullendorf: inscription 'accomodatus M. Michaeli de Fullendorff secretarij[sic] domini Regis romanorum', c. 1450 (fol. 1r)

Hieronymus Wilhelm Ebner von Eschenbach, Biblioteca Ebneriana, Nuremberg: catalogued in Christophori Tehophili de Murr, Memorabilia bibliothecarum publicarum Norimbergensium et universitatis altdorfinae (1788), pt. 2, pp. 135–37 (Codices in forma quarta, no. 5); Ebner sale no. 384.

Purchased from Payne & Foss on 19 November 1819, for £10 10s.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford (October 2020) from the following sources (with additional description of the contents, physical description, provenance, binding):
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, 3 vols. (1966–1973) I, no. 29 [decoration, localization and date]
The Summary Catalogue (1897) [contents, hands, provenance]

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Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-10-28: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.