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MS 200: Scholia by pseudo-Acro, 15th century

Identifier: MS 200


MS 200 contains a set of commentaries on works by the first-century BC Roman poet, Horace. This set of commentaries is known as the Scholia and it is attributed to pseudo-Acro. Acro, or Helenius Acron was a third-century AD Roman commentator who wrote on the works of Terence and Horace. The commentary ("Scholia") found in MS 200 was not attributed to Acro before the fifteenth century, so his authorship is doubtful.
MS 200 contains commentary by Pseudo-Acro on four texts by Horace:
  1. ff. 1r-90v: Odes. Book I (ff. 1r-31v), Book II (ff. 31v-49v), Book III (ff. 49v-77v), Book IV (ff. 77v-90v)
  2. ff. 90v-104r: Epodes. Contains commentary on Epodes i-xvi, starting with the line Ibis liburnis inter alta navium, and ending f. 104r with ad responsa captanda quae ad sacrificia offerenda. Explicit carmen seculare.
  3. ff. 104r-129r: Ars poetica. The text begins on f. 104v with Humano capiti de inequalitate operis loquitur. The text ends on f. 129r with harundo canna hirundo avicula hirudo sanguisuga.
  4. ff. 129v-185r: Sermons. Contains commentary on Horace's Sermons or satires, contained in two books. Book I begins on f. 129r, and Book II on f. 168r.
Writing Written in a good italic hand on fine vellum, well spaced, and with wide margins.
Illumination There are plain blue capitals, faint red rubrics and marginal headings, and the book initials are burnished gold on pale lake, blue, and green grounds.


  • 15th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

An Italian manuscript with no marks of original ownership. There are some names written in margins and on fly-leaves, but they are mostly of the 17th century.
On f.65v, John Murray is written, and on f. 185v, Carolus dei gratia 1657, Ex libris Rober.... On the end fly-leaf, Margareta and Alexander Carmichill, and on the first fly-leaf the shelf-mark Pr. 4, Sh. 2, N. 43 is recorded in an 18th-century hand. Below it is the name Rangle. On the inner board 2314 is written, and the book-plate of an Earl of Breadalbane (possibly the second Marquis, 1796-1862). On the back is another shelf-number, 1349. David Laing's signature from 1865 also appears on the first fly-leaf.

Previous reference

Laing 445

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland's catalogue: Acronis Commentum in Horatium.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern

Collation: a9 (wants 1), b10—i10, k9 (wants 9), l10—s10, t7 (4 cut out)= 185.


23.81 cm x 16.51 cm


Secundo folio: et oppidi
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 185, 30 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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