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Guide to Lucan, Pharsalia. Manuscript, circa 1430

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Lucan, Pharsalia. Manuscript (Ms 33)


circa 1430

Manuscript Number:

Codex Ms 33


1 volume; 30 x 22 cm


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Epic poem on war between Caesar and Pompey. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 33.

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The manuscript is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Lucan, Pharsalia. Manuscript, Codex Ms 33, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Scope Note

A copy of the complete text of an epic poem by Lucan (Marcus Annaeus Lucanus) (circa 39-65). This epic portrays the war between Julius Caesar (circa 100 BCE- 44 BCE)and Pompey the Great (circa 106 BCE-48 BCE), with scholia (marginal notes) for the first three books. Includes rubrication. 18th century Italian half-calfskin, gold-tooled, and painted. Text in Latin.

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Volume 1

Codex Ms 33

View cover (front)-fol. 27v.

View fols. 28r-57v.

View fols. 58r-87v.

View fols. 88r-117v.

View fols. 118r-cover (back.)