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  • M6453 Franciscus Maturantius, De Componendis Versibus Hexametro et Pentametro, in Latin and Greek, manuscript ton paper, Italy, c. 1520

Two long thin strips of paper, with remains from a single column of up to 11 lines in a tiny sloping hand influenced by humanist script, remains of diagrams formed from associated words on reverse, scuffs, folds, small holes and discolourations, overall fair and legible condition, 85 by 205mm. and 80 by 282mm.

 The text here is from a rare work by the Perugian humanist scholar Franciscus Maturantius (also Francesco Maturanzio; 1442-1518) on the composition of Latin hexameter and pentameter verse.

 Dissatisfied with the pronunciation of Greek in his native Perugia, he departed for Rhodes to study the language and its literature there. After that he travelled to Crete in search of manuscripts, then returned to Perugia to serve as secretary to its governor, before taking up a teaching position in the University of Vicenza and then Venice, where he acquired further Greek manuscripts. In his old age he returned to teach at Perugia, where he died in 1518.

 The fragments contain parts of ‘De Scansione’ and ‘De Ultimis Syllabis’, citing the works of Lucan, Horace, Tibullus and Vergil as well as some lines in Greek.
  • M6453 Franciscus Maturantius, De Componendis Versibus Hexametro et Pentametro, in Latin and Greek, manuscript ton paper, Italy, c. 1520

Two long thin strips of paper, with remains from a single column of up to 11 lines in a tiny sloping hand influenced by humanist script, remains of diagrams formed from associated words on reverse, scuffs, folds, small holes and discolourations, overall fair and legible condition, 85 by 205mm. and 80 by 282mm.

 The text here is from a rare work by the Perugian humanist scholar Franciscus Maturantius (also Francesco Maturanzio; 1442-1518) on the composition of Latin hexameter and pentameter verse.

 Dissatisfied with the pronunciation of Greek in his native Perugia, he departed for Rhodes to study the language and its literature there. After that he travelled to Crete in search of manuscripts, then returned to Perugia to serve as secretary to its governor, before taking up a teaching position in the University of Vicenza and then Venice, where he acquired further Greek manuscripts. In his old age he returned to teach at Perugia, where he died in 1518.

 The fragments contain parts of ‘De Scansione’ and ‘De Ultimis Syllabis’, citing the works of Lucan, Horace, Tibullus and Vergil as well as some lines in Greek.

M6453 Franciscus Maturantius, De Componendis Versibus Hexametro et Pentametro, in Latin and Greek, manuscript on paper, Italy, c. 1520

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M6453 Franciscus Maturantius, De Componendis Versibus Hexametro et Pentametro, in Latin and Greek, manuscript ton paper, Italy, c. 1520

Two long thin strips of paper, with remains from a single column of up to 11 lines in a tiny sloping hand influenced by humanist script, remains of diagrams formed from associated words on reverse, scuffs, folds, small holes and discolourations, overall fair and legible condition, 85 by 205mm. and 80 by 282mm.

 The text here is from a rare work by the Perugian humanist scholar Franciscus Maturantius (also Francesco Maturanzio; 1442-1518) on the composition of Latin hexameter and pentameter verse.

 Dissatisfied with the pronunciation of Greek in his native Perugia, he departed for Rhodes to study the language and its literature there. After that he travelled to Crete in search of manuscripts, then returned to Perugia to serve as secretary to its governor, before taking up a teaching position in the University of Vicenza and then Venice, where he acquired further Greek manuscripts. In his old age he returned to teach at Perugia, where he died in 1518.

 The fragments contain parts of ‘De Scansione’ and ‘De Ultimis Syllabis’, citing the works of Lucan, Horace, Tibullus and Vergil as well as some lines in Greek.

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