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As has been pointed out by many authors, first of all by Arnaldo Momigliano,both the rhetorical annotations and the “editions” of the classics were distinctive marks of the cultural and political identity of the ruling class of the Late Antique Rome. As Momigliano wrote: “Those antiquarians were not frivolous”. Their cultural task was a political duty: to keep alive the old traditions of a civilization, fighting against the breakdown, the collapse of the Antique World.

1. features

Littera florissa
Fragile embellishment of both geometrical and foliate motifs executed as very fine hair-lines solely in (coloured) ink. Placed in the counter of the letter it is called infilling; when attached to the letter it is called external pen flourish, which often ends with tendril extenders that extend widely into the margins. (source)
  • (Eng.) pen-flourished initial
  • (Sp.) letra floreada, letra florida
  • (Fr.) initial fleuronnée, filigrané
  • (It.) fiorone, iniziale filigranata


2. exhibitions

3. vocabulary

4. digitised

5. lists

6. manuscripts

6.2. Carolingian

6.2.1. bibliography

Godescalc's script, which intermittently betrays its native cursive ancestry by particular letter-forms and ligatures, is regarded by many palaeographers as the first fully-perfected Caroline minuscule. Others believe that that distinction more properly belongs to a minuscule created at Corbie in the time of abbot Maurdramnus (772-80/1)—by an individual, I am sure, and not by a committee—to be the fitting script for a new and unexpectedly critical edition of the old testament and doubtless, in intention, for other Christian books also. [p. 39]

6.3. Ottonian

972. Nuptiarum praeceptum Theophanus imperatricis
975? Walters Ms. W.751, Corvey Gospel fragment
1007-12. BSB Clm 4452 Evangelistar: Perikopenbuch Heinrichs II
1030-1050. Codex aureus Epternacensis

6.4. Humanist hand
1436. Bodleian Library MS. Canon. Misc. 378. Notitia Dignatatum
1452. S. Marco 362 Eusebii Chronicon

7. bibliography

  • archive-org:speciminacodicvm00ehrluoft
    1912 Specimina codicvm latinorvm Vaticanorvm collegervnt Franciscvs Ehrle, S.J., et Pavlvs Liebyaert
  • downloads/article1161.pdf
    Establishing a Connection to Illuminated Manuscripts made at Echternach in the Eighth and Eleventh Centuries and Issues of Patronage, Monastic Reform and Splendor Patronage, Monastic Reform and Splendor. Stephen Wagner
    Veil and Shroud: Eastern References and Allegoric Functions in the Textile Imagery of a Twelfth-century Gospel Book from Braunschweig Anna Bücheler
  • Gerhard Jaritz & al.
    • The Long Arm of Papal Authority: Late Medieval Christian Peripheries and Their Communication with the Holy See [2 ed.]
    • Time and Eternity: The Medieval Discourse
    • Isolated Islands in Medieval Nature, Culture and Mind
  • archive-org:323D251BA04C52731B1F89620DB53A0E
    Roman artefacts and society, by Swift, Ellen.
  • After the Carolingians: Re-defining Manuscript Illumination in the 10th
  • Medieval Latin Palaeography: A Bibliographical Introduction
  • Metz, Peter. The Golden Gospels of Echternach: Codex aureus Epternacensis, thirteen plates in colour and gold, ninety-six monochrome plates
  • Autografi dei Litterati Italiani.
  • Maria Cristina Pereira.
    As letras e as imagens – iniciais ornamentadas em manuscritos do Ocidente medieval ⁑isbn:978-85-8499-190-7

    “iniciais melismáticas”

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