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Virgil, Aeneid , written in the 14th century in Italy

MS. Add. A. 163
Held at the Weston Library

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'Publii Virgilij Maronis Eneydos liber primus [secundus, etc.] incipit' the Aeneid, with glosses and the monostich and decastich arguments. Short pieces on or connected with Virgil follow at fol. 166 (beg. 'Sus iuuenis', 'Nocte pluit', 'Meonium quisquis', 'Ergone supremis', epitaphs of the Twelve Wise Men, 'Si memini', 'Cedite Romani', 'Defensor patrie', 'Pelides ego sum', 'Ille ego qui quondam', 'Jamque adeo super unus eram' (Aen. ii), 'Virgilius magno quantum' (added later). At fol. 169 'Incipit Capra Aurea super Eneidos Virgilij' (beg. 'Diuitiis, ortu, specie'), this is the 'Ilias' of Simon Chèvre d'Or (Capra Aurea): the latter part is added in a 15th century hand, and is followed by the Moretum (fol. 176).

Much of the volume is palimpsest (see for instance fols. 56, 84, 90, 93, 107, 110, 119, 171), but the original writings are in general not much older than the subsequent.


  • Creation: written in the 14th century in Italy


180 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Add. A. 163

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. V, no. 24773.

Custodial History

The Libri Sale Catalogue states that this MS. was in the Saibante collection at Verona, and in the library of the Medici, but there is no evidence of these facts remaining in the volume.

Catalogue of the ... collection of Splendid Manuscripts ... formed by M. Guglielmo Libri 1859 no. 1049.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capitals


9 1/2 × 7 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom