Reproduction of Paris lat. 7311 from Huelsenbeck, "The Manuscript Traidition of Ovid

Reproduction of Paris lat. 7311 from Huelsenbeck, "The Manuscript Traidition of Ovid's Amores".

Detail map of Tregaron, Wales, United Kingdom,Paris, Île-de-France, France Overview map of Tregaron, Wales, United Kingdom,Paris, Île-de-France, France

A: Tregaron, Wales, United Kingdom, B: Paris, Île-de-France, France

The Two Oldest Manuscripts of Ovid's Ars Amatoria

Circa 880 CE
<p>Ovid Ars amatoria (Art of Love) in a volume of miscellaneous texts entitled St. Dunstan's Classbook (Auct.F.4.32 [2176]) in the Bodleian Library. This is p. 80 of 104pp. in the online facsimile at Digital Bodleian.</p>

Ovid Ars amatoria (Art of Love) in a volume of miscellaneous texts entitled St. Dunstan's Classbook (Auct.F.4.32 [2176]) in the Bodleian Library. This is p. 80 of 104pp. in the online facsimile at Digital Bodleian.

A quire of ten leaves bound up in a volume of miscellaneous contents preserved in the Bodleian Library, and called St. Dunstan's Classbook (Auct. F. 4. 32 [2176]represents the earliest surviving manuscript of Book I of Ovid's Ars amatoria (Art of Love). According to a Bodleian Library exhibition catalogue, the last leaf of the manuscript may be in St. Dunstan's hand:

"The original manuscript was probably written in Wales. There are some glosses in Old Welsh, and the 'syntax marks' . . . inserts as a help to construing are also a Welsh feature. This manuscript and the 9th-cent. French copy, Paris lat. 7311, are the oldest manuscripts of the work, and they are closely related" (Hunt, R.W., The Survival of Ancient Literature [1975] no. 117).

Digital facsimile from Digital Bodleian at this link.

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