This description is a preliminary draft and is subject to change without notice
Linköping Diocesan Library, Saml 24:19
Homer, Iliad, a fragment
230 × 150 mm
The fragment is not foliated. The shelfmark number 19 is written in pencil in the upper right corner of the verso.
The parchment leaf has been folded in half, provoking a deep furrow in the thirteenth line of the text. The outer margin also displays a triangular cut corresponding to the middle where the folded sheet was fitted or attached to a binding. The recto is worn by rubbing, and the ink is paler as a result; there are brown stains on both sides of the parchments, and two small holes in the lower part of the text.
ff. 1r–1v Calligraphic minuscule pendant from the line; minuscule deltas with long curved verticals extending in the wide interlineum are a feature; thetas and zetas, on the contrary, are squashed below the line. The ink on the recto is better preserved, and displays simple initials in carmine enlarged within the vertical parallel ruling. The angular shape of the rough breathings is more evident also. On the verso, some standard abbreviations are used. f. 1r In the lower margin a reference in black ink to the passage Ψ v. 555 seqq. of the Iliad, possibly in the hand of Erik Benzelius the Younger.
Rubrication: initials in carmine placed at vv. 555, 563, 570 (not corresponding to paragraph divisions). A corrector’s hand has added some accents and punctuation in black ink on the recto.
Unit I:12th c. dating on palaeographical grounds.
Provenance unknown. There is perhaps a name written along the external margin of the recto. The leaf was reused for binding purposes.