Through the LIBRARY it is possible to consult the data sheet of several important codices that enable to reconstruct the written culture of the patriarchate of Aquileia. Moreover, for many codices, the complete reproductions are made available, which makes this site a true virtual library of patriarchal Friuli.

Leo the Great, Epistulae

  • 11th century, first half; parchment; mm 280 × 172; ff. II, 87, I’.
  • Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, 1645.

The presence of the manuscript in Friuli is witnessed at least since the beginning of the fifteenth century.

The first and main part (pages [1a]-154) of this manuscript contains a remarkable collection of pope Leo the Great’s (440-461) epistles. The content itself of this codex very much attracted the attention of his first editor, Pasquier Quesnel, in 1675, and then in the following centuries, above all in the first decades of the twentieth, also the attention of scholars concerned about the critical edition of the text. If the results of the long and somehow controversial researches quite commonly agree to identity the archetype of this manuscript in a collection compiled at the epoch of the Schism of the Three Chapters (sixth century) and used by its upholders, in primis the Aquileian Church, it is still to clarify which was the possible centre, interested in its dogmatic content, that copied it and added the dossier on the unjust excommunication contained in the last folia. The marginal notes in humanistic script spread throughout the manuscript however evidence its presence in Friuli throughout the fifteenth century: there is recognizable the hand of Giacomo da Udine (1410 ca. – 1482), canon of the Chapter of Aquileia, copyist, literate, friend of several humanists of his time, among whom Guarnerio d’Artegna himself.

Country of locationFrance
Library / CollectionBibliothèque Mazarine
AuthorLeo the Great
Support materialParchment
Extentff. II, 87, I’
Formatmm 280 × 172
Age11th century, first half;
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