Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 7886 (olim: Regius 5451)


Germanicus: Aratea; Aratus Latinus

Aratea text: Germanicus, Aratea; Scholia Basileensia; Aratus Latinus

Parchment — iii + 36 + i(?) ff. fols. — 250 × 206 mm — Corbie — s. IX2

Support: I8 (ff. 1-8), II6 (ff. 9-14), III2 (ff. 15-16), IV8 (ff. 17-24), V8 (ff. 25-32), VI4 (ff. 33-36). Quire marks, 8v-I, 16v-"II",24v-"III", 32v-"IIII".Previous foliation on ff. 15-35 in arabic numerals (1-21)

Script: Caroline minuscule

Hands: Several similar hands working, changing oft withing the first folios (Sessions by a more experienced scribe giving the lead for less elegant hands (?). The most of the Aratus Latinus written by one hand. Initial at the beginning of paragraphs. Greek words kept in greek characters; OR ligature; e-caudata; final m usually abbreviated; oms for omnes; quod - qd; et for et, but not exclusively; RT ligarute; t[ur] abbreviation; p[ro] abbreviation; sometimes an open A. Bishop (Script of Corbie, p. 11) notes that the same scribe who wrote leading sections in Paris lat. 7886, took part also in writing atleast eleven more Corbie MS, and in six of them was again the scribe who gave a lead.

Binding: Modern 19th c. binding.

History: Supposed to be from Corbie by Bischoff based on codicological features. See Bischoff "Hadoard und die Klassiker-Handschriften aus Corbie", in Mittelalterliche Studien I (Stuttgart, 1966), p. 49. — The manuscript was most probably in the 11th c. in the vicinity of Strasbourg as it was used to correct Bern, Bürgerbibliothek MS 88. Sees E. S. Lott, The textual Tradition of the Aratea, RHT 11 (1981): 147-158, (p. 150). — Before arriving in the BnF belonged to the collection of Claude Dupuy - note on the f.1r: "Claudii Puteani".

Selected bibliography:B. Bischoff, Hadoardus and the Manuscripts of Classical Authors from Corbie, in Didaskaliae. Studies in Honor of Anselm M. Albareda, ed. by S. Prete, New York 1961, pp. 41-57 [ = id., Hadoard und die Klassikerhandschriften aus Corbie, in id., Mittelalterliche Studien, vol. I, Stuttgart 1966, pp. 49-63] — T. A. M. Bishop, The script of Corbie: a Criterion. Amsterdam 1972, in: Varia Codicologica, Essays presented to G. I. Lieftinck, pp. 9-16. — D. Ganz, Corbie in the Carolingian Renaissance, Sigmaringen: Thorbecke, 1990, pp. 153-4. — M. B. Olsen, "Chronique des manuscrits classiques latins (IXe-XIIe s.), II," Revue d'Histoire des Textes, 24 (1994): 199-249 (p. 215). — M. Haffner, Ein antiker Sternbilderzyklus und seine Tradierung in Handschriften vom frühen Mittelalter bis zum Humanismus, Hildesheim: Olms, 1997.

1ra-14ra Germanicus: Aratea Claudii caesatis arati phoenomena

14ra Calendar/ computus verse Bissena mensium uertigine uoluitur annis … — … Per nonas idus decurrens atque kalendas. Ed. Baker and Lapidge 1995, p. 384.

14ra-14vb Collatio Alexandri et Dindimi

D. J. A. Ross, "A Check-list of MSS of Three Alexander Texts: The Julius Valerius Epitome, the Epistola ad Aristotelem and the Collatio cum Dindimo" Scriptorium 10 (1956): 127-132. G. Cary "A Note on the Medieval History of the Collatio Alexandri cum Dindimo," Classica et Mediaevalia, 15 (1954): 124-9. T. Pritchard, "The Collatio Alexandri et Dindimi: A Revised Text," Classica et Mediaevalia 46 (1995): 255-283 (not using this manuscript). M- Steinmann, "Die Collatio Alexandri et Dindimi – eine annotierte Arbeitsbibliographie," Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft 4 (2001) 51-84

15ra-36rb Aratus Latinus

36rb-36vb Three calendar/ computus verses Appear in many Mss including in Cologne Dombibliothek, MS 186, ff. 119r-v (the last poem has a different ending).

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