The oldest copy of a work lost today: the administration of the Late Roman Empire for bishop Pietro Donato

Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy

Italy — 1436

Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy

Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy

Italy — 1436

  1. A 5th century Roman state registry containing information about the organization of the Late Roman Empire

  2. The original is lost today but has been recorded in four medieval transcripts, of which this is the oldest

  3. Perronet Lamy (d. 1453) created this specimen for Bishop Pietro Donato (1380–1447) from a 9th century manuscript in 1436

Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy

Alternative Titles:
  • List of Offices
  • Il codice Notitia Dignitatum
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology
Short Description

A unique historical treasure it known today under the title Notitia Dignitatum: a Roman state registry from the 5th century containing extremely exciting information about the military and civil organization of the Late Roman Empire. The original is lost today but has been recorded in four medieval transcripts, the oldest of which is stored in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and grants a wonderful inside view into the Roman Empire of late antiquity.

Notitia Dignitatum

Manuscript Canon. Misc. 378 of Oxford’s Bodleian Library counts among the most precious pieces of evidence of the Late Roman Empire. The historic specimen was made in the year 1436 for Pietro Donato, the Bishop of Padua (1428.1447), who inter alia chaired the Council of Basel in 1436. This manuscript was copied from a now-lost 9th century Carolingian manuscript from the Speyer Cathedral treasury and is considered to be the oldest surviving manuscript of the Notitia Dignitatum.

Grandiose Medieval Illumination for a Roman State Registry

Pietro Donato presumably contracted the Savoy miniaturist Perronet Lamy as the illuminator of the manuscript. In the last quarter of the 15th century, Perronet Lamy was active for the House of Savoy above all, but also stood in the service of the Bishop of Padua on occasion. It was for him that the transcript at hand of the Notitia Dignitatum, a true gem of illumination and history, was created! In doing so, Perronet Lamy partially copied the example, but also appended it through his own visual inventions and presented all his ability in the wonderful and detailed depictions of the armaments, clothing, and armor of the warriors or a figurative depiction of an enthroned Hadrian in conversation with the philosopher Epictetus standing before him.

How Did the Roman Empire Function

The manuscript of the Notitia Dignitatum presents itself both as an important source for knowledge about the administrative organization of the Late Roman Empire as well as for the rediscovery of Greek antiquity during the Renaissance period. In the notitia dignitatum omnium tam civilium quam militarium, the administrative and military organization of both the Western and Eastern Roman Empires recorded. For example, one finds a register of all civil and military dignities, offices, and troops organized according to the ranks of the hierarchy. The script is gorgeously illustrated with illustrations of stylized cityscapes, tables with shield patterns of the various military units, insignias, and images of ancient coins.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
List of Offices
Il codice Notitia Dignitatum
Origin
Italy
Date
1436
Language
Illustrations
109 miniatures
Artist / School
1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy“

Notitia Dignitatum Facsimile

Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Notitia Dignitatum by Peronet Lamy – MS. Canon. Misc. 378 – Bodleian Library (Oxford, United Kingdom)
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Notitia Dignitatum Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana - Treccani – Rome, 2014
Limited Edition
599 copies
Commentary
1 volume (250 pages) by Luciano Canfora, Jonathan J.G. Alexander and Arnaldo Marcone
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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