Welcome to
The Digital Viridarium consolationis Project

This website provides Open Access research materials from the Viridarium consolationis, a Latin florilegium compiled in the mid-13th century, attributed to Jacobus da Benevento, OP.

The text is a revised edition of the public domain version provided online by Googlebooks, published by Luigi Tosti in Florelegium Casinensis IV (1880), 263-315, transcribed from a 15th-century manuscript (Montecassino, Archivio dell'Abbazia, MS 207, pp.253-375), one of over 140 known surviving copies.

Index for the Viridarium consolationis

In most cases the standard modern edition of the source has been cited, and the corresponding passage from that edition is provided for ease of comparison. But when a modern edition is lacking, the citation is to an early printed version or, in the case of quotations from Burgunio of Pisa's translations of John Chrysostom's homilies on the Gospels of John or Matthew, to an early manuscript exemplar of the original source, which has never been printed.

If funding is awarded to complete this revised edition of the Virdarium consolationis, it will be added to the Janus Intertextuality search engine, joining two other Latin florilegia, the editor's critical edition of the Manipulus florum and revised edition of the Liber pharetrae, and will also be published with the Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive (SCTA).


©2020 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University