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Ars amatoria, and other poems by or attrib. to Ovid, written in the 15th cent. (before 1458) in Italy

MS. D'Orville 168

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1 (fol. 1). 'Publij Ouidij Nasonis Sulmonensis poetę clarissimi primi [etc.] libri de Arte Amandi principium', with notes and glosses.

2 (fol. 47v). 'P. Ouidij Nasonis Sulmonensis primi libri de Remedio Amoris ἡ ἀρΧή, ' with notes and glosses. At fol. 64 are an epitaph on Ovid (beg. 'Hic ego qui') and (written rather later) 'Epitaphium hermaphroditi' beg. 'Dum mea me': at end 'Explicit. 1458. Deo gracias [?]'). On fol. 73 is a (later) list of remedia Amoris, sent by one Ricardus to 'Bernardinus de Lapis.'.

3 (fol. 64v). 'Epistola Sapphos vatis ad Phaonem amatorem suum, que ab Ouidio translata fuit de Gręco in Latinum', one of the Epistolae Heroïdum: at end 'Epistolę ... finis . per petrum . cano.. transs:--' i.e. per Petrum canonicum transscriptum?.

4 (fol. 68v). 'Ouidius scacchorum', a poem, beg. 'Qui cupit egregium.'.

5 (fol. 69v). 'Ouidius de uocibus apropriatis auibus & quadrupedibus', a poem, often called 'De Philomela', beg. 'Dulcis amica ueni.'.

6 (fol. 70v). 'Ouidius de Cuculo' or 'Conflictus Hiemis et Veris', beg. 'Conueniunt concti subito': followed by five short poems or epigrams beg. 'Cura labor', 'Trax puer', 'Cum foderet', 'Aue plus decies', 'Hoc iacet').

'Mei Manfredi Valturrij Ariminensis Ro[mani] natu', 15th cent.? (to him may belong an injured coat of arms on fol. 1): 'Thommę Sozzij Scarlinj de Emporio hic liber est', 16th cent.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent. (before 1458) in Italy


75 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. D'Orville 168

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 5. 21

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 17046

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

Physical Facet

On paper, with illumination on the first leaf


9 7/8 × 7 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom