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HIST 1011 - European History to 1600 (Jobin), An Introduction to Works Held by the Rare Books Collection, Rare & Distinctive Collections

Virgil's Aeneid in the Middle Ages

Virgil's Aeneid, Book VII, 139-198, Italy, c, . 1350, MS 12, James Hayes Collection

Special Collections, CU Boulder Libraries

Writing c. 19 BCE during the rule of Caesar Augustus (27 BCE-CE 14), Virgil draws a parallel between Aeneas, the Trojan founder of Rome, and Augustus, founder of a new Rome and heir to Aeneas and the goddess Venus.   The story recounts the flight of Aeneas and fellow Trojans from their destroyed city to Rome. 

Special Collections' leaf of Book VII (c. 1350), shown above, displays the annotations and doodles characteristic of a heavily used manuscript. 

Virgil's Aeneid in the Fifteenth Century


Virgil's Aeneid, Book XII, Italy, late 15th Century, MS 112, James Hayes Collection

Special Collections, CU Boulder Libraries

In this late fifteenth-century edition Book XII of Virgil's Aeneid, annotations and glosses are now printed.  

Virgil's Aeneid in Early Modern Art

Special Collections' etchings of the Aeneid, several of which are included below, are part of a bound volume of Virgil's Aeneid, that offers of pictorial view with a previous owner's hand-written descriptions of Aeneas' encounters from Troy, Carthage, and Italy.  Although there is no signature, the etchings appear to be those of Pietro Santi Bartoli, who worked in the late seventeenth century.  A later owner - probably late seventeenth or early eighteenth century - has added handwritten quotations from the chapters and verses of the Aeneid.

For a full text English translation of Virgil's Aeneid, see the Internet Classics Archive, MIT. 




Virgil's Aeneid.  Engravings by Pietro Santi Bartoli (?), late seventeenth century.

Special Collections, Rare and Distinctive Collections

Rare and Distinctive Collections


Classroom: Norlin N345

Reading Room: Norlin M350B