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Ms. Codex 1471 Memorie storiche d'Argenta
TitleMemorie storiche d'Argenta
- Bertoldi, Francesco Leopoldo, 1737-1824
Call numberMs. Codex 1471
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4477042
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageItalian, with some passages in Latin
- ca. 1787
First volume of a 3-volume collection on the history of the city of Argenta, in the Ferrara province, located in northeastern Italy. The present volume was probably written around 1787. Volume 2 and 3 are not present, but the introductory pages of the first volume offer a general description of the complete work, which aimed at offering a complete and accurate history of Argenta based on extensive research on archival material made by Bertoli over the years. Volume 1 is composed of 9 chapters, followed by notes for chapters 1-8, which contain detailed references to the large number of sources used by Bertoli to complete his work. Each chapter contains, in its initial page, a short summary of its contents. The first chapter (f.10r-26r) contains a geographical and morphological description of the region where Argenta is located, a paludal area in northeast Italy, whose main cities are Bologna and Ferrara and whose main river is the Po. Chapter 2 (f.27r-40r) pertains to the history of the origin of Argenta which, according to various sources (including Tacitus and archaeological inscriptions found in local monuments), was founded before the creation the Roman Empire by a local tribe, the Spinesi. The third chapter (f.41r-51r) contains a possible explanation, highly supported by Bertoli, of the Greek origin of the political organization of Argenta, which was a direct result of the influence of a small group of Greek migrants who lived in the area and exported their ruling system. Chapter 4 (f.51r-64r) deals with the origin of the name of the city: according to the sources quoted by Bertoli, the name was very ancient and had probably given to the city by its founders, the Spinesi. The fifth chapter (f.64r-74r) enumerates the various populations that ruled over Argenta over the first centuries of its existence, the most important being the Spinesi, which shared the territory with the Etruscans, the Gauls and the Romans. Chapter 6 (f.74r-96r) contains information related to the christianization of Argenta and how the church of San Niccoló was built. Chapter 7 (f.96r-118r) deals with how the Huns contributed to the collapse of the Roman Empire and how that affected the area of Ferrara, resulting in a disastrous famine. The eighth chapter (f.119r-144r) is related to the Gothic influence over the region, and the donations made by the emperor Justinian I to the city of Ravenna. Among the sources used by Bertoldi, the most important is the Eastern Roman historian Procopius, quoted numerous times by the author. Chapter 9 (f.144r-165r) contains a brief history of the foundation of the church and monastery of San Giorgio, located in Venice, not very far from Argenta.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from caption title (f.10r).
WatermarkUnidentified manuscript containing a bird and mountains.
Extent392 leaves : 195 x 134 mm. bound to 219 x 147 mm
FoliationPaper, i (paper) + 392; modern foliation in pencil, upper right verso. Catchwords, lower right recto.
BindingHalf calf (Zacour-Hirsch), Manoscritti Bertoldi sopra Argenta di Giovanni Frigerio (the word Frigerio crossed out) on spine.
- Possibly formerly owned by Giovanni Frigerio (inscription on spine).
- Manuscripts, Italian--18th century
- Manuscripts, European
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