Otto Frisingensis, Chronica seu Historia de duabus civitatibus

VI.31-32, VII.14-15


Cluj-Napoca, Biblioteca Academiei Române, Fragm. Cod. Lat. 12

General Information

Title Otto Frisingensis [Otto of Freising], Chronica seu Historia de duabus civitatibus, VI.31-32, VII.14-15
Material Parchment
Place of Origin S. Germany (Bavaria?)
Script, Hands

Written by two hands in a neat South German proto-Gothic minuscule script, s. XII2. Corrections by another hand. Alternating shapes of final s, ampersand and uncrossed Tironian et, initial v and u; straight d; e caudata.

Original Condition

Page Height 125 – 185 mm
Page Width 270 – 316 mm
Height of Written Area 112 – 144 mm
Width of Written Area 104 – 130 mm
Number of Columns 1
Number of Lines 22 – 23
Line Height 7 – 8 mm
Ruling drypoint ruling; no extant prickings

Current Condition

Dimensions c. 185 x 315 mm
More about the Current Condition

restored in 2020

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


Simple red initials, highlighted initials (red).


  • Content Item
    • Persons Otto Frisingensis
    • Text Language Latin
    • Title Chronica
    • Content Description

      (rb) ... episcopus vero clam elapsus aufugit. Eapropter imperator [pascha Domini Ravenna celebra]to uerno tempore...  X Unde quidam ex nostris hunc rerum humanarum casum deplorat, rithmum in modum tragedie... (VI.31); (va) ... [in abdit]//is siluarum claustris perdidit. Contra quos cum debite... X ... in palatio lateranensi sedente flagitiosam et turpem... (VI.32); (vb) ... dicere non oportet. Inde castra mouens Appenium [opid]umque quod Pons tremulus uocatur... X ... tanquam nocens cum per omnia esset innocens custodie mancipatur. Videns hec uenerabilis Iuuauiens//[is ecclesie]... (VII.14); (ra) ... ceteros in fugam uertit. Romani fuga in ponte iuxta castrum Crescentii... XV. Imperator ab urbe regressus... Quem in castro Barra, in ter//[mino regni sito]... (VII.15).

    • Edition Otto von Freising, Chronik oder Die Geschichte der zwei Staaten, ed. by Walther Lammers, tr. by Adolf Schmidt, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1961.
    • Remarks

      Judging by the gap separating the text on the two leaves, this must have been the outside or the first intermediary bifolium of the quire.



The bifolium was extracted from the binding of U. 63177 (Paraphrases Des. Erasmi Roterodami In epistolas Pauli apostoli ad Rhomanos Corinthios & Galatas, quae commentarii uice esse possunt, Basel: Johannes Frobenius [per Hieronymum Frobenium], 1520 – USTC 682544).

The book had belonged to "Laurentius Dalnaki", who signed his name on the frontispiece. Dálnoki Nagy Lőrinc (1614-1661) was a teacher at the Unitarian College in Cluj in the 1630s and 1640s. On the frontispiece, one can also read the signature of Stephanus Conradus, a contemporary notary from Cluj. In the cardboard of the binding was discovered a bifolium from a seventeenth-century chronicle mentioning events that took place in Cluj and Transylvania around 1609, which suggests that the book was bound in Cluj. Consequently, the fragment was available in that city, but it cannot be known if it stems from the historical collections of Cluj.

Persons and Institutions Unitarian College, Cluj, s. XVII-XX. "Ecclesiae Unitarianae Claudiopolitanae" (frontispiece of U.63177); former shelfmark "R.1622".

Host Volume

Title Paraphrases Des. Erasmi Roterodami In epistolas Pauli apostoli ad Rhomanos Corinthios & Galatas, quae commentarii uice esse possunt – USTC 682544
Date of Origin/Publication 1520
Place of Origin/Publication Basel, Johann Froben [per Hieronymum Frobenium]
Shelfmark U. 63177