Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, 5081

liure des faiz / et choses du monde / selon la sentence de / eutropius et aultres / plusieurs auctentiques historiographes

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General information

LanguageLanguage object (3)
Approx. datec. 1470 to 1500
Date notesOn the basis of illustration (Master of the Histoire ancienne, see Burin 2002).
Place(s) of productionLyon
Based on illustration. The activities of the Master of the histoire ancienne are situated in Lyon (Burin 2002).
First words of second recto folio[f. 2ra] Des Roys degipte iiijxx. ixe / [f. 10ra] gens . celluy qui plus bel estoit de tous les au /
First words of last recto folio[f. 203ra] ses enfans que pompeius emmenoit auec /
Incipit[f. 1ra] Cy co(m)mance la table / du premier liure de / orose . Et parle a so(n) / co(m)mancement des / fais des ebrieux . et / du premier liure de la bible que compilla / moyses . Chapittre I / [f. 9ra]Cy co(m)mence le docteur / orose son liure des faiz / et choses du monde / selon la sentence de / eutropius et aultres / plusieurs auttentiques historiographes / Et pour plus ample declaracion comma(n) / ce sa cronique aux ebrieux . et au p(re)mier / liure de la bible que compilla moyse //Chappitre premier/ [f. 9rb] Quant dieu eut fait le ciel et la / terre les eaues doulces et salleez / le soleil la lune et les estoilles . / et il eut a ch(ac)un commande selon son ordre /
Explicit[f. 203rb] eutropius le racompte . Et lors nen estoit / nulle qui fut granment greuable / par trestout le monde . En lan quil y / eut droittement vic iiij xx xiiij ans / que la cite de romme auoit este fondee / Mais pour ce que jay encores peu fait / mencion de jullius cesar vous trouue / rez listoire en saluste tout au long de / julle en lucain et suetoine qui sont en / ung autre uolume / Cy fine son liure le docteur / orose contenant les cronicq(ue)z / et histoires des choses et faiz du / monde auec la sentence de eu / tropius et autres pluseurs / historiographes . P. Comitis //


Material:Material object (4)
Condition:Good quality vellum, overall in good condition.


Quire structure:Mostly quaternions.
Quire marks:
Catchwords:Written vertically (e.g. f. 16)
Catchword disposition:MSCatchwordDisposition object (11)

Physical description

General illustration:The text opens with a three-quarter page miniature representing the Fall of man. In the center of the miniature Adam stands before God surrounded by animals. Some of the species (the short-legged goat-with-antlers and dog-headed ostridge) have not survived the Deluge. Two rivers lead towards a fountain. To the right, the snake tempts Eve to bite the apple. Full page frame in scarlet, with scroll in gold, with painted in blue the motto ‘plvs iove que dveil’. Centered in the lower margin is a coat of arms. A tower d’or on three white hills on a field of blue, with a red frame and a helmet on top. The miniature is followed by an initial (height: 5 lines), blue on a field of scarlet decorated with gold flourishings (flowers and acanthus leaves). The text is further illustrated by single column miniatures in narrow frames of gold and scarlet (height: 17 lines) f. 24v: Abraham sacrifices Isaac; f. 33v; f. 55v: battle between Tideus and Polyneices; f. 72v: abduction of Helen; 77r: Achilles kills Hector; 80v: death of Achilles; 82r: Pirrus kills the Queen; 84r: Pirrus decapitates Polixena; 90r: suicide of Dido; 99v: battle between Eneas and Turnus; 119v, murder of Cyrus, 134r, Alexander and Bucephalus, 150r, murder of Olympias; 156r: Amilcar hanged; 157v: death of Hannibal the Elder; 168r: Hasdrubal’s head presented to his brother; 176v: Hasdrubal’s wife throws herself into the fire. 189r: women cut their throats, one hangs herself with her two children; 194r: Gaius Marius has himself beheaded; 201v: siege of a city and another beheading; 203r: victorious entry of Pompeius in Rome.
General decoration:'Liures' (cf. Table of Contents) start with a larger initial (height: 4 lines). Each chapter is preceded by a titulus in red ink, also indicating the chapter number, followed by a gold initial (height: 2 lines) on a field of scarlet or blue with flourishings in gold. Further subdivisions are marked with gold paragraph signs on a field of blue. Blue and/or scarlet bars with gold flourishings as line-filling devices. First words of each chapter are written in larger display script (littera textualis).
Evidence of readership:
Foliations description:Modern foliation in arabic numerals in the upper right corner of the recto.

Mise en page

Description 1
Page sampled
LayoutMSLayout object (3)
Page dimensions450x345 (mm)
Justification295x200 (mm)
25mm between columns
Column ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
Line ruling present in Colours object (5) (RulingMaterials object (1) )
RubricationRubricated tituli throughout.
Writing above top line?False
Sample page layout:


Level of Execution:Execution object (4)
ScriptScript object (7)
Folio rangeFrom 1r to 203r
Date1450 to 1500
Scribe description:P. Comitis (?)