2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

A Presentation of MS Additional 23002
Christopher R. Steffe
Dr. Thomas M. Capuano, Faculty Mentor

Around the fourteenth century, an unknown copyist transcribed onto twenty-eight folios a manuscript known as Tractatus de plantatione arborum, a treatise written in Medieval Latin dedicated to the art of grafting, viticulture, and numerous other agricultural concerns and commonly attributed by scholars to an author known simply as Geoffrey. This text circulated in Europe for approximately three hundred years, subsequently being translated into such languages as Middle High German and Middle English. However, even though modern editions of the German and English versions do exist, there have yet to be made any authoritative modern Latin editions of the manuscript. This project, then, provides the first ever transcription of MS Additional 23002 from the British Library at London. In this presentation, I will demonstrate the process by which the script of Additional 23003 was interpreted and transcribed, and I will describe the work that remains to be carried out to prepare this text for publication.

Keywords: paleography, Latin, Medieval Latin, manuscript, MS Additional 23002, British Library

Topic(s):Latin

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 23-2
Location: OP 2111
Time: 10:00

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