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Early Books Lecture Series - “Golden Boughs: De luxe Early Virgil Manuscripts”

<p style="padding-left: 180px;">From <em>The Vergilius Romanus</em>, Folio 74v</p>

From The Vergilius Romanus, Folio 74v

Date: April 2, 2013

Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz


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.

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 evening lectures are scheduled for the first three Tuesdays in April and will be held in Special Collections.

The schedule for the tenth year of the Early Books Lecture Series is:

Lecture I: April 2, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
 “Golden Boughs: De luxe Early Virgil Manuscripts” with Cynthia White, Professor, UA Department of Classics

Lecture II: April 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Golden Bull: Medieval Politics of the Highest Caliber in a Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

Lecture III: April 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Map of Cuauhtinchan No. 2: A Claim for Territorial Rights in 16th Century Mexico’s New World Order” with Jaime Fatás Cabeza, Director, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese