Book Series Textes et Etudes du Moyen Âge, vol. 36

Classica et Beneventana

Essays Presented to Virginia Brown on the Occasion of her 65th Birthday

F. T. Coulson, A. Grotans (eds)

  • Pages: 444 p.
  • Size:165 x 240 mm
  • Illustrations:20 b/w
  • Language(s):English, French, Italian
  • Publication Year:2008

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-52434-4
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  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53922-5
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"Les paléographes, les historiens des manuscrits, tous les chercheurs qui ont à utiliser des manuscrits bénéventains devront lire ou utiliser (il y a de bonnes tables) la somme d'érudition contenue dans les dix-huit contributions en l'honneur de la regrettée Virginia Brown." (P.-M. Bogaert, dans Revue bénédictine, 2009-2, p. 433-434)

"The impeccably researched articles in this well-presented volume are a fitting tribute to the now, sadly, late Virginia Brown. Like Brown’s own body of work, it is to be hoped that they will also stimulate further advances in the fields of palaeography, codicology and classical reception."    (Kathleen G. Cushing, in Early Medieval Europe 18/4, 2010, p. 473)


The Festschrift volume Classica et Beneventana, presented to Virginia Brown on the occasion of her 65th birthday, brings together twenty-one insightful new essays by leading scholars devoted to the fields of classical reception and Latin palaeography. The authors investigate a wide-range of topics such as the development and application of the Beneventan script, comparative codicology, uses of early liturgical manuscripts, medieval artes and biblical texts and their readers, and the reception and dissemination of classical texts during the Italian Renaissance.
Since 1970, Virginia Brown has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.  She is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities in classical reception and Latin palaeography. Her numerous publications on the Beneventan script have dramatically altered our knowledge of the dissemination of this southern Italian book hand from 800 to 1600. Her editorial work for the Catalogus translationum et commentariorum, as a member of the Editorial Board and since 1985 as Editor-in-Chief, has resulted in several learned volumes tracing the fortuna and study of classical authors from antiquity to the year 1600.  As editor of Mediaeval Studies from 1974 to 1988, she single-handedly produced tomes noted for their scholarly rigor and acumen. This collection of essays serves as a fitting tribute to a scholar who, via her scholarly research and editorial work, has done so much to advance the fields of palaeography, codicology, and the history of classical scholarship.