Gregory the Great, Dialogi [Dialogues]


"A refined illuminated author portrait and delicate filigree initial grace this signed and complete copy of Gregory the Great's Dialogues, an influential collection of early saints' lives and miracles. Book two, on the life and miracles of St. Benedict, became a foundational text for Benedictine monasticism. Added computus diagrams, annotations, and an index furnish signs of early use and shed an intriguing light on how this text was being read and used in the late Middle Ages."--Les Enluminures, Ltd. website.

In Collection:
Creator Subject Language Identifier
  • Call Number: BR65 G54 1320
  • Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.6
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 98 folios; poor-quality parchment; 16 x 12 x 2 cm
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 42.83829,12.24145
Additional physical characteristics
  • "Bound in nineteenth-century half parchment over pasteboard, with a smooth spine bearing a brown leather label with gilt stamped inscription, “S. GREG. / DIALOG. / CODEX / SEC. XV,” similar identification on front parchment flyleaf, mostly effaced, slight staining, wear at hinges and edges, first quire slightly loose along the bottom."--Les Enluminures, Ltd. website.; Pages pencil-numbered in upper right of every two pages 1-98
Physical repository Collection
  • Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
  • Purchased by University of Victoria in 2017 from Les Enluminures.
Provider Genre Is referenced by Date digitized
  • October 21, 2019 to October 23, 2019
  • Transcription* by Jonathan Harmsworth and Asha Stewart, December 2018: fols. 1r-2rb9 and textual notes for fols. 1r-2rb9 and by Sarah Adam, December 2018: summary description, transcription of fols. 21r-23v, textual notes for fols. 21r-23v, paleography/script guide, and bibliography of consulted works, is available here:
Technical note
  • Scanned on Betterlight/TTI at 600 dpi TIFF (1/20;303;copy 4 stops; camera height 500)Item scanned in acrylic cradle and mylar used to hold pages down during scans. Work completed 21-23 Oct 2019 - PD. Metadata by KD.
  • Contact Special Collections and University Archives for access to the original manuscript and for reproduction requests (fee for reproductions). This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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