Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 63
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Cuppo, Luciana, “Felix of Squillace and the Dionysiac computus II: Rome, Gaul, and the Insular world”, in: Warntjes, Immo, and Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (eds), Late antique calendrical thought and its reception in the early Middle Ages: proceedings from the 3rd International Conference on the Science of Computus in Ireland and Europe, Galway, 16-18 July, 2010, Studia Traditionis Theologiae 26, Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. 138–181.  
The dissemination of the Dionysiac computus in Rome and in Gaul did not happen in a vacuum, but found a strong competitor in the well-entrenched Victorian computus. The first part of the paper considers such opposition on the basis of three manuscript witnesses: Reg. lat. 2077 and Vat. lat. 1548 of the Vatican Library, and MS 645 of the Burgerbibliothek at Bern.

The second part of the paper considers the dissemination of the Dionysiac computus in the insular world. The main witness is MS Digby 63 of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Written in its present from in AD 867, the manuscript includes various blocks of computistical material derived from earlier sources. They include a dossier with the letters of Dionysius Exiguus and others on the computation of Easter. The dossier ends with the prologue and preface to the cycles of Felix of Squillace (AD 616).

Certain palaeographical traits betray the Roman provenance of the Dionysiac dossier. While it is not possible to establish a definite date for the arrival of the Dionysiac collection in England, there is a strong possibility that the dossier was sent from Rome in the time of Pope Vitalian (AD 672-76) in the context of his support for the Dionysiac computus and its adoption in Rome.

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