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 Iacobus da Benevento, OP:

Index for the Digital Viridarium consolationis


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

In most cases the standard modern editions of identified sources have been cited, and the corresponding passages are provided in a parallel column for comparative analysis in Open Access pdf documents. But when a modern edition is lacking, the citation is to an early printed version or, in the case of quotations from Burgundio 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.

Currently (1 July 2020), this Open Access resource comprises Pars 1: De peccatis, which constitutes about 15% of the full text. If funding can be obtained 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 it will also be published with the Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive (SCTA).


©2020 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada