Institutiones grammaticae / Priscian : manuscript leaf
- Italy : [s.n.], [mid to 2nd half of 13th century]
- Physical description
- 1 leaf, 237 x 152 mm (170 x 90 mm)
- Priscian, active approximately 500-530
- This leaf is from the ‘Principles of Grammar’ of the early sixth-century Roman grammarian Priscian of Caesarea. Book 3, from which the present fragment comes, deals with comparatives, superlatives and diminutives. (Institutiones grammaticae, in Latin, book 3, ch. 36–43, vol. 2 pp. 110–114; ed. M. Hertz in H. Keil, Grammatici Latini, Leipzig, 1859).
- Earliest possible date
- Latest possible date
- Single column of 36 lines written in brown ink in a small gothic hand.
- Five two-line red initials set slightly out into margin, rubrics.
- Recovered from use in a binding.
- Institutiones grammaticae, in Latin, book 3, ch. 36–43, vol. 2 pp. 110–114 (ed. M. Hertz in H. Keil, Grammatici Latini, Leipzig, 1859);
- Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
- Purchased, 2013. Accession 2013-069.
- The complete text, rich in quotations from classical authors, was written in 18 books, of which the first sixteen deal with the parts of speech in great detail, and the last two deal with syntax. Priscian’s work was famous in the Middle Ages and survives in more than a thousand manuscripts.