Book Series Corpus Christianorum Series Latina, vol. 99A


Institutiones humanarum litterarum. Textus Φ Δ

Ilaria Morresi (ed)

  • Pages: 512 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Illustrations:137 b/w, 1 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):Latin, Italian
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59589-4
  • Hardback
  • Available

Genesis and afterlife of Cassiodorus’ influential synthesis of secular learning


Ilaria Morresi studied Latin Philology and Paleography at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where she obtained a PhD in Sciences of Antiquity in 2019. She also graduated in Paleography and Archive Management at the Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica in 2018, and is currently junior lecturer in Latin at La Sapienza University in Rome. Her main research interests include paleography, codicology, the circulation of texts in the early Middle Ages, and the medieval reception of ancient literature.


The Institutiones humanarum litterarum – that is, the second book of Cassiodorus’ masterpiece, devoted to secular learning – have come to us in three different textual forms: the ‘authentic’ recension Ω, corresponding to Cassiodorus’ final wishes, and two subsequent recensions, named Φ and Δ. Here, later interpolations were added starting from an earlier authorial draft, providing modern readers with valuable information about Cassiodorus’ progressive revisions and updates. Subsequent additions are also evidence of the early fortune of the Institutiones, showing which texts were actively read and studied from the 6th to the 9th centuries. Following Roger Mynors’ and Pierre Courcelle’s fundamental intuitions, Ilaria Morresi provides the first complete critical edition of the Φ Δ corpora, based on the systematic study of the manuscript tradition. Much attention is paid to the many diagrams included both within the Institutiones saeculares and the interpolations, which are clues to the great importance of images for Early Mediaeval teaching on Trivium and Quadrivium.



I. Testo e redazioni
II. Tradizione manoscritta e stemmata codicum
III. Nota al testo


Institutiones humanarum litterarum

Additamenta quae in textu II inueniuntur

Additamenta quae in textu III inueniuntur

Appendix Ω

Schemata quae in Humanarum litterarum institutionibus inueniuntur


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