Mike Aquilina of Way of the Fathers has drawn my attention to a Vatican Radio announcement: 256 Vatican manuscripts have gone online. A list by shelfmark is here. They are mostly from the Palatine collection, which in turn contains a lot of the loot from the ancient monastery of Lorsch, destroyed during the 30 years war.
Here are a few highlights:
- Pal. lat. 2 – Old Testament, Lorsch, 9th c. (followed by a considerable number of biblical mss.; as far as Pal. lat. 68)
- Pal. lat. 57 – The catalogue of the library at Lorsch. Yay! I have so wanted to see this.
- Pal. lat. 150 – Ignatius, Polycarp, Hermas; plus letters and life of Anthony, and the sayings of Sextus.
- Pal. lat. 153 – Chrysostom on Hebrews.
- Pal. lat. 162 – Lactantius; and Claudian.
- Pal. lat. 170 – ps.Hegesippus.
There’s then a lot of Jerome and Augustine. Then:
- Pal. lat. 235 – Paulinus of Nola. 8th century, from Northumbria in the UK.
- Pal. lat. 873 – Livy (1st decade). 15th c. Lots of copies of this work.
- Pal. lat. 881 – Caesar, Gallic War, etc. 15th c.
- Pal. lat. 883 – Sallust; also Eutropius’ Breviarium, plus Ausonius. 12th c.
- Pal. lat. 886 – Macrobius; Historia Augusta; Fulgentius. 9th c. The webpage doesn’t specify what by each.
- Pal. lat. 888 – Seneca, Sallust. 12-15 c.
- Pal. lat. 898 – Suetonius
- Pal. lat. 1571 – Vegetius, plus Frontinus’ Strategems. 12th c.
- Pal. lat. 1577 – Martinus Capella, Macrobius, Pliny the Elder. 11th c.
- Pal. lat. 1578 – Fulgentius Mythographicus
- Pal. lat. 1646 – Servius. 11th c.
- Pal. lat. 1701 – Juvenal. 10th c.
- Pal. lat. 1706 – Glosses on Juvenal.
- Reg. lat. 118 – Cyprian. 9th c. No index of contents on web page.
- Lat. 3314 – Porphyrio’s commentary on Horace.
All this on a fairly quick glance plus some random clicking. It is an excellent selection.
The index pages for some of the manuscripts need more information. But this is a minor point. A PDF download would also be nice to have.
I hope that someone will do a proper list of all the mss. and their contents. I would do it, but I am still somewhat unwell.