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Decorated Initial, In Seneca's Letters And Other Works f.118r

Decorated Initial, In Seneca's Letters And Other Works f.118r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 15 C.ii

Item number: f.118r

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 initial 'S' introduces Book II of a dialogue between 'Moses' and 'Peter', whose names appear in red. They represent the author, Petrus Alfonsi, before and after his conversion from Judaism to Christianity.

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