M6354 Jerome, Epistola Ad Dardanum , his ‘Tract on the Jews’, leaf from a fine Romanesque manuscript, in Latin on parchment, France, c. 1200.
Single leaf, double column, 38 lines of a tall and elegant Romanesque hand, written without biting curves, above top line and with a vestigial penstroke marking the ct-ligature, recovered from a binding, with 2 large red initials (1 enclosing the contemporary number “xlii”, and later outlined in black ink), 276 by 205mm.
This contains parts of chapters V-VII of the Epistola Ad Dardanum of Jerome (c . 347-420). The text here discusses Jerusalem “which today is called Elia” and the construction of the temple there by 150,000 men. He then goes on to narrate the enslavement of the Jews under the Moabites, the Philistines, the Ammonites, and eventually the Babylonians, until the rule of Cyrus, king of the Persians. After this, he passes on the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman Emperors Titus and Vespasian. The reverse has further parts of the same letter, the whole of the Ad Desiderium , and the opening of Ad Lucinium