Leiden, University Library, MS BPL 88

  • Latin
  • s. ix2
  • composite manuscript
  • Continental manuscripts
  • vellum
Manuscript of De nuptiis (9 books), with glossing from two main traditions.
BPL 88
Provenance and related aspects
s. ix2
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Distinct units
ff. 168-181

Originally (part of) a separate manuscript.

Table of contents

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[dig. img.] Leiden University Libraries. Digital Collections, Online: Leiden University. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

OʼSullivan, Sinéad, Glossae aeui Carolini in libros I-II Martiani Capellae De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis, 237, Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.  

This edition presents a comprehensive view of the oldest gloss tradition on books I-II of Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, a key text for Carolingian scholars. It furnishes descriptions of all extant manuscripts transmitting these glosses and outlines their stemmatic relationship. The relevant centres of glossing activity are indicated. The glosses are accompanied by an apparatus of variants both to text and gloss as well as by a source apparatus and traditio textus to the glosses. The edition of glosses is organized by lemma and in categories according to the nature of the content. Additions of second and third hands are noted. The comprehensiveness made possible by thorough examination of all extant manuscripts brings into focus the layering of annotations over time, the close cooperation between scribes, the presence of a ‘core’ corpus of annotations and the range and variety of material across the tradition. More generally, the glosses provide insight into how Martianus was read and understood in the ninth and tenth centuries. Martianus’ rich blend of astral religion, classical mythology and pagan tradition had an enormous impact on Carolingian commentators. The earliest tradition of glossing on De nuptiis thus supplements our knowledge of how pagan culture was received in the early medieval West, raising important questions about the nature of this reception.

Dennis Groenewegen
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November 2018, last updated: July 2022