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Illuminated Initial, In Caesar's 'Commentaries' With Additions f.57v

Illuminated Initial, In Caesar's 'Commentaries' With Additions f.57v

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1455

Shelfmark: Royal MS 15 C.xv

Item number: f.57v

Length: 32.8

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Julius Caesar (100-44 BC), the famous Roman general, statesman and dictator who was murdered on the Ides of March, was also, less famously, an author. He wrote several sets of notes ('commentaries') on the civil war and on wars in Gaul (present day France) in the guise of unbiased factual records, but really as attempts to justify his own actions. Several other accounts of wars commonly attributed to him (some of which are in the present manuscript) were actually written by members of his staff. This manuscript, written in Florence, can be identified in a catalogue of Lincoln College, Oxford, dated 1474. This rubric and initial 'Q' introduce Book VII of Caesar's 'Gallic War'. To the left of the initial in the margin can be seen a small guide-letter 'q', in the same colour ink as the rubric.

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