Epistolae (Epistles)

Medieval Manuscripts Horace
Epistolae (Epistles)

Item Info

Item No: mcah020011
Additional Title: Epistolae (Epistles)
Script: Humanistic
Language: Latin
Folio Number: f. 1r
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Opening page with the coat of arms of the Tirelta family of Treviso
Notes: This page begins the first book of the Epistles of the ancient Roman poet Quintius Horatius Flaccus (65-68 B.C.), known today simply as Horace. Although Horace was known throughout the Middle Ages, his writings became especially popular in the Renaissance among Italian humanists who sought to revive Classical learning and literature.

The ideals of the humanists were also reflected in the design of their manuscripts. Seated within the faceted initial is a figure dressed in ancient Roman costume. The elegant design of the initial recalls the letter forms used in Roman epigraphy. The relatively clear script that resembles modern handwriting (as compared to examples of Gothic bookhand) was favored by Renaissance patrons because it was believed to emulate Classical script. In truth, scribes and illuminators were copying from manuscripts produced in the ninth and tenth centuries during the Carolingian period.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1545996
Country: Country:Italy

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1499
Image Dimensions Width: 243 mm
ShelfMark: Horace MS 2
Creator Name: Horace (Quintius Horatius Flaccus) - Author