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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 223: Prudentius, Cathemerinon, Liber apotheosis, Hamartigenia, Psychomachia, Peristephanon, Contra symmachum, Dittochaeon, De opusculis suis.

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Title:
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 223: Prudentius, Cathemerinon, Liber apotheosis, Hamartigenia, Psychomachia, Peristephanon, Contra symmachum, Dittochaeon, De opusculis suis.
Alternate Title:
Prudentius
Language:
Latin, Greek, Modern (1453- ), and English, Old (ca. 450-1100)
Extent:
ff. 2 + 168
Approximate Date:
[ca. 800 A.D. - 999 A.D.]
Collection:
Parker Manuscripts
Description:
CCCC MS 223 is an example of the type of manuscript which was being imported into late Anglo-Saxon England from the Continent. It contains a number of works by Prudentius (348-c. 410), including his famous Psychomachia, as well as the unique surviving copy of a poem by John Scotus Eriugena (c. 810-c. 877) to the Carolingian emperor, Charles the Bald. It was written at the abbey of Saint-Vaast in Arras around the third quarter of the ninth century. By the end of the ninth century it had moved to the abbey of Saint-Bertin at Saint-Omer, where some annals were added to leaves at the front. In the tenth century it moved to England, and where it acquired additions and glosses, some in Old English. It has been suggested that Grimbald of Saint-Bertin, who came to England in the 890s at the request of King Alfred, may have brought this manuscript with him. This manuscript was one of the books owned by Daniel Rogers.