Welcome to
The Digital Viridarium consolationis Project

This website provides open access research materials from the Viridarium consolationis ("Garden of Consolation"), a Latin florilegium compiled in the mid-13th century by a Dominican friar named Iacobus de Benevento:

Index for the Digital Viridarium consolationis

The project's goal is to produce a critical edition of the text in Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, lat. 1163 (Alfa.N.7.22), one of over 150 known surviving manuscript copies. This exemplar was selected because it is one of the few extant copies of the Viridarium from the 13th century and is one of only two manuscripts that attribute it to Iacobo da Benevento (nearly all copies are anonymous), an attribution confirmed by Tommaso Kaeppeli in "Iacopo da Benevento O.P.," Archivio italiano per la storia della pieta, 1 (1951), 463-79. This open access edition will supersede the version published by Luigi Tosti in Bibliotheca Casinensis IV (1880), 263-315, which was transcribed by the monks of Montecassino from their 15th-century copy.

Front cover pastedown illustration of the d'Este family eagle, from Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, lat. 1163 (Alfa.N.7.22), (reproduced with permission)

Since July 2020, this website has provided a revised edition of portions of Tosti's 1880 publication, which contains about 1000 quotations; however, the total number of quotations is somewhat higher as two lemmata (4.2 De patientia & 5.11 De doctoribus sacre scripture) are missing from Tosti's edition. After this initial phase of the project is complete (expected by Spring 2022), work will begin on a full critical edition based on the Modena manuscript. That edition from Modena lat. 1163 will then be added to the database of the Janus Intertextuality search engine, joining two other Latin florilegia (the critical edition of the Manipulus florum and the revised edition of the Liber pharetrae), and it will also be published with the Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive (SCTA).

©2020-22 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University

The editor gratefully acknowledges financial support for this project provided by an Insight Grant awarded in 2021 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for The Digital Auctores Project.

Funds allocated to this project were used to pay the salaries of four student research assistants who contributed to its development in Summer 2021 (Liam Carley, Naomi Damasco & Caitlin Davidson) and in Fall 2021 (Naomi Damasco & Brittney Payer).