Early Books Lecture Series - “Golden Boughs: De luxe Early Virgil Manuscripts”
Special Collections at the University of Arizona hosts the Early Books Lecture Series X, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this tenth year of the lecture series, professors of Classics, German Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts. The lecture series opens with “Golden Boughs: De luxe Early Virgil Manuscripts” with Cynthia White, Professor, UA Department of Classics. Special Collections houses two exceptional manuscript facsimiles of the works of Virgil, the ancient Roman poet who wrote the Bucolics, Georgics and Aeneid: the Vatican Virgil (Vat. lat. 3225), the oldest and one of the most glorious extant examples of an illustrated book of classical literature, and the Augustan Virgil (Vat. lat. 3256), of which only seven leaves survive. One other de luxe Virgil manuscript was also produced within decades of these two: the Roman Virgil (Vat. lat. 3867), which was designed on a grand scale for display. In discussing the “Golden Boughs” Professor White will share the early and lavish production of these three Virgil manuscripts as testimony to the classic universality of his poetry.
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