Fabr. 25 2°: Sallustius, opera





Fabr. 25 2°: Sallustius, opera

Parchment, 120 ff., 24,8 × 17 cm; France ? 1050-1100

The manuscript contains Sallustius'  Bellum Catilinarium (or Catilinae conjuratio) and Bellum Jugurthinum

The manuscript is a codex mutilus suppletus: a group of Sallustius-manuscripts has a lacuna in Jugurtha from 103.2 (quinque delegit) to 112.3 (pacem vellet). Originally this was also the case in this manuscript. The text first written on 110r from line 7 and on f. 110v has been erased and replaced by the whole text without the lacuna. This procedure has made the written area on f. 110r and in particular on f. 110v more compact than in the rest of the manuscript. The lacuna suppleta and the final part of Bellum Jugurthinum on f. 110r-116v is written in a slightly younger hand than the rest of the text, but still of the 11th century

On the last pages of the manuscripts excerpts on Catilina and Jugurtha are copied from Orosius' Historiae adversum paganos (early fifth century); on f. 116v-119v the text of lib. V, cap. 15.1-19, about Jugurtha, is copied, followed on f. 119v-120r by the text of lib. V. cap. 6.1 & 5-7, both dealing with Catilina

The manuscript once belonged to Marquard Gude (1635-1689). It was acquired by Johann Albert Fabricius (1668-1736) at the only partially completed auctions of Gude's manuscripts in Hamburg 1706 & 1709. Fabricius' manuscript collection was inherited by his son-in-law Hermann Samuel Reimarus, after whose death in 1768 it was bought as an ensemble by Copenhagen University Library in 1770. The entire University Library collection of manuscripts was incorporated into the Royal Library in 1938

Bibl.: L. D. Reynolds (ed.), Text and Transmission. A Survey of the Latin Classics, Oxford 1983, p. 344f., 347. - Birger Munk Olsen, L'Étude des auteurs classiques latins aux XIe et XIIe siècles, II, Paris 1985, p. 325f.; IV.1, 2009, p. 245, 302. - Erik Petersen, Intellectum Liberare. Johann Albert Fabricius - en humanist i Europa. København 1998, p. 1049. - Lars B. Mortensen in Filologia Mediolatina, VI-VII (1999-2000), Firenze 2000, p. 160f.

Erik Petersen