Introductory Notes

On the Edition pages, I assemble .pdf files of the ongoing edition-in-progress of the False Decretals from Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 630. A full edition of the Pseudo-Isidorian decretal forgeries is many years away. In the meantime, this preliminary effort from a single, important codex aims to provide a serviceable and coherent text, as a basis to investigate the problem of Pseudo-Isidore’s sources and the intertextual relationships that exist among the forgeries

Each .pdf, created with the Classical Text Editor, provides Latin text as transcribed from Vat. lat. 630. Beneath the edited text, a brief apparatus criticus tracks corrections and variant readings in the manuscript. Occasionally, particularly in the case of serious omissions or other defects that make its text unreadable, I provide corrections from elsewhere in the Pseudo-Isidorian manuscript tradition.

Those files, linked in bold, have received more thorough editorial attention. Below the apparatus criticus in these items is an apparatus fontium, or an accounting of Pseudo-Isidore’s material sources (with occasional formal source indications in parentheses). All words in the edited text that Pseudo-Isidore has from his sources are printed in italics; Roman type is reserved for Pseudo-Isidore’s own words. Sources are cited by abbreviated title, internal book and chapter divisions, and then by page and line number in their respective editions.