Case study 2: Rendre la bibliothèque de Florus de Lyon à son intégrité (Restore the library of Florus of Lyon to its original state)

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 16, fol. 45v

Case Study

Partner institution: Biblissima

Financed by: Zeno Karl Schindler/Fragmentarium Fellowship

Collaborator: Pierre Chambert Protat, Campus Condorcet, Paris M.A.

Advisor: Prof. Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk, EPHE, IRHT, Campus Condorcet, Biblissima

Florus of Lyons is known both for his encyclopedic compilations of the Fathers, and for his critical, almost philological appreciation of manuscript traditions. By chance, more than a hundred codices which then belonged to the library of the Cathedral of Lyons, among which a few dozens were annotated or written by Florus himself, are still preserved in today's European libraries, representing a rare opportunity to observe the contents and life of a Carolingian library. Doing so consists not only in identifying surviving codices, but also in studying, not unlike an archaeological enquiry, the remaining fragments of what has been lost, and the way they have been dispersed. The fragments of otherwise lost codices, the dispersed parts of surviving ones, and the fragments of texts Florus used in his own works, display a wide range of information on the contents and characteristics of the library of the Cathedral of Lyons in the 9th century.

Pierre Chambert-Protat is currently finishing his PhD in historical and philological sciences at the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in Paris and at the University Lyon II. Under the supervision of Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk and Paul Mattei, his dissertation focuses on Florus of Lyons as a reader of the Fathers: Patristic Documents and Studies in Lyons' ninth-century Church [].

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