Click here to skip to content

Decorated Initial, In Seneca's Letters And Other Works f.116r

Decorated Initial, In Seneca's Letters And Other Works f.116r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 15 C.ii

Item number: f.116r

Length: 27.5

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Seneca (3 B.C.-65 A.D.), known as 'the Younger' or 'the Philosopher' (to distinguish him from Seneca 'the Elder', his father), was born in Spain and educated in Rome, where he became tutor and advisor to Nero. He wrote on a wide variety of subjects, including geography, natural history, philosophy, and ethics. This manuscript was at Salisbury Cathedral in the early 17th century, and had doubtless been there since the Middle Ages. This fine arabesque initial introduces text in the form of a dialogue against the Jews, written by Petrus Alfonsi, a Spanish Jew who converted to Christianity and was baptised in 1106.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: