Prudentius' Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'


Various 9th to 11th century manuscripts illustrating the scene of:
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array [of Vices]

Leyden, Universitatsbibliothek, Cod. Burmanni Q 3, 9th century, folio 127v lower

PATIENTIA CUM IOB PER MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass by the middle of the array

Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, c. 890 AD, Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?, folio 107v lower

PATIENTIA CUM IOB PER MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass by the middle of the array


BnF Ms. Latin 8085, France (Reims ?), 870-899AD, folio 59r

patience et job sur le champ de bataille
Patience and Job on the battlefield
PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT


Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 264, Lake Constance, c.900AD, page 80

Long-Suffering Being Escorted Unharmed Through An Army By Job


Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23, Canterbury c.1000, folio 11v

PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array

British Library, MS Cotton Cleopatra C VIII, c.1000, folio 12v lower

PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array


Brussel, Bibliotheque royale, Ms. 10066-77, 10th-11th century, folio 120v lower

PATIENTIA CUM IOB PER MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass by the middle of the array


St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Ms. 135, 10th-11th century, p395 lower


British Library Additional MS 24199, 11th century, folio 11r

Long-Suffering Being Escorted Unharmed Through An Army By Job

Prudentius (born in 348 in northern Spain, died after 405) spent most of his life following worldly pursuits, but later turned to writing, in which he aimed to glorify God and atone for his earlier sins. One of his most popular works is a poem called Psychomachia (Conflict of the Soul), which describes the battles between female personifications of human virtues and vices.




Prudentius' Psychomachia manuscripts