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Leiden, University Library, MS BPL 67

  • Latin
  • s. ix
  • Continental manuscripts
  • vellum
Collection: Codices Bibliothecae Publica Latini (BPL)
BPL 67
Provenance and related aspects
s. ix
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
Distinct units
ff. 1-207

A 9th-century manuscript sometimes known as the Irish Priscian, considering that it contains two works by Priscian, his Periegesis and his Institutiones grammaticae, that part of it was written in Insular minuscule by the Irishman Dubthach in 838 and that it contains glosses and scholia in the hand of John Scottus Eriugena.

ff. 208-218
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A small manuscript containing Priscian’s manual Institutio de nomine, pronomine et verbo.

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Secondary sources (select)

Hofman, Rijcklof, “The Irish tradition of Priscian”, in: Mario De Nonno, Paolo De Paolis, and Louis Holtz (eds), Manuscripts and tradition of grammatical texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance: proceedings of a conference held at Erice, 16–23 October 1997, 2 vols, Cassino: Edizione dell’Università degli Studi di Cassino, 2000. 257–287.
Dutton, Paul E., and Anneli Luhtala, “Eriugena in Priscianum”, Mediaeval Studies 56 (1994): 153–163.
Gumbert, J. P., “The Irish Priscian in Leiden”, Quaerendo 27:4 (1997): 280–299.  
English-language version of an article originally published in Dutch.
Dutton, Paul E., “Evidence that Dubthach’s Priscian codex once belonged to Eriugena”, in: Haijo Jan Westra (ed.), From Athens to Chartres: neoplatonism and medieval thought. Studies in honour of Édouard Jeauneau, 35, Leiden: Brill, 1992. 15–45.
Bischoff, Bernhard, “Irische Schreiber im Karolingerreich”, in: René Roques (ed.), Jean Scot Érigène et l’histoire de la philosophie: Laon 7–12 Juillet 1975, 561, Paris: CNRS Éditions, 1977. 47–58.
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