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The Comedies of Terence, with arguments and glosses, preceded by a short Latin Life of Terence, imperf. at end beg. 'De Terrentii vita in antiquis libris', written in the first half of the 15th cent. in Italy

MS. D'Orville 155

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  1. (fol. 3) The Andria
  2. (fol. 26v) The Eunuchus
  3. (fol. 52) The Heautontimorumenos
  4. (fol. 75v) The Adelphi
  5. (fol. 98v) The Phormio
  6. (fol. 123) The Hecyra
On fol. 142 'Terrentij Afri comici poete Hechira explicit [there are similar colophons to the other plays]. Terrentius finit. Transcriptus est ab exemplari senioris Laurentij de Monacis Crete cancelarii. secundum modum metrorum reductus Sicut fuit Compositus quam potui correcte. B B.' Many leaves are palimpsest, the erased writing being itself apparently of late date.

At fol. 143v follows 'Lamentabiles fletu decoro poete Saphos uersus elegi' or 'Epistola Saphos poetisse Mitilene', Ovid's Epistle of Sappho to Phaon.


  • written in the first half of the 15th cent. in Italy


151 Leaves


MS. D'Orville 155

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 5. 8

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 17033

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. D'Orville.

Related Materials

See also MS. D'Orville 502 for a collation of the comedies of Terence.

Physical Facet

On paper, with illuminated capitals, borders, etc.


8 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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