Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum

A page from the Codex Guelfferbytanus. One illustration shows a perspective view of a house, and the other, the boundaries of the property.

The Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum is a Roman book on land surveying which collects works by Siculus Flaccus, Frontinus, Agennius Urbicus, Hyginus Gromaticus and other writers. The text is preserved in the fifth or sixth-century uncial manuscript known as Codex Guelfferbytanus 36.23 Augusteus 2, held in the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel.[1] It is one of the few surviving non-literary and non-religious illuminated manuscripts from late antiquity. The text was first printed in 1554 by Adrianus Turnebus, under the title De Agrorum Conditionibus et Constitutionibus Limitum.

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  • Weitzmann, Kurt, ed., Age of spirituality: late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century, no. 188, 1979, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, ISBN 9780870991790; full text available online from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries