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MS 230: Geoponica, including excerpts of De re rustica by Cassianus Bassus, ? late 16th century

Identifier: MS 230


This manuscript contains the Geoponica, a twenty-book compilation including texts on various agricultural subjects, chiefly drawing on the writings of Cassianus Bassus (6th-7th c.), who himself used the work of an earlier Greek author, Vindonius Anatolius (4th c., also known as Anatolius of Berytus). The Geoponica was written by an unknown writer in the 10th century at the behest of the Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus.


  • Creation: ? late 16th 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

Presented in 1630 by Mr. Alexander Johnston, a law student. Inscription at the beginning of the volume: 'Ego sum donatus academiae edinburgenae ... Alexandro Johnstono jurisprudentia studioso 1630 ('I was donated to the Academy of Edinburgh by Alexandner Johnston, law student, 1630').

Previous reference

D. b. VI. 13

Custodial History

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland's catalogue: Cassiani Bassi Geoponica Sive De Re Rustica.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper.


25.7 cm x 17.4 cm

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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