St John's College : Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Republic

St John's College

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This manuscript is an early sixteenth-century copy of <i>Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Republic</i>. The commentary consists of a series of independent essays, and the manuscript contains those that match <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href=''>Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 80.9</a>, and the first volume of <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href=''>W. Kroll's edition (1899)</a>. The text is contained in the first 82 folios, the rest is blank, except for some scribbles and a probable note of possession on the last folio (therefore ff. [84]r-[101]v are not imaged). By comparing the watermarks, it is likely that the blank quires are not a later addition. The binding is noteworthy: it is a Greek style binding with decorative motifs on the boards and the spine. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>It was donated to the St John's College by Thomas, Earl of Southampton in 1635.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dr Matteo Di Franco</p>

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