Welcome to
The Compendium moralium notabilium Project

The purpose of this digital humanities project is to provide open access research materials from Geremia da Montagnone's Compendium moralium notabilium, an early humanist florilegium compiled at Padua in the early 14th century (c.1310) which survives in about 50 manuscripts but was printed only once, two centuries after it was created. This website provides two types of resources derived from the  1505 Venice edition, which is entitled "Epytoma Sapientie":

Portrait of
Geremia da Montagnone
by The Novella Master

from a historiated initial "U"

Compendium moralium notabilium

Los Angeles,
Getty Museum,
Ms. Ludwig XIV 8
fol. 1r (detail)
(early 15th cent.)

  • The Author/Source Index is the portal for accessing editions of the quotations attributed to particular authors and sources. At present nearly 1700 quotations ascribed to seven classical authors have been edited and provided through this portal. Each transcribed quotation is accompanied by the version of that passage from a modern edition of the original source text and variants are indicated by breaks in the underscoring in the latter version. Much of the transcriptional and editorial work for this aspect of the project was done during the Spring and Summer of 2013 by Veronica Parkes, an undergraduate co-op student majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Medieval Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • The Subject Index is the portal for accessing transcriptions of the quotations under particular topics. At present it provides digital transcriptions of two topics: Pars 1, Liber 2: "De bono et honesto virtutibus" (containing about 200 quotations under five rubrics); and Pars 5, Liber 4: "De morali consideratione vite et mortis" (containing about 150 quotations organized under ten rubrics). This work was done by the editor during the Fall of 2013.

All of the edited transcriptions linked to the Author/Source Index and unedited transcriptions linked to the Subject Index are provided in pdf documents that have been protected from printing and downloading, but are fully searchable either through an Internet browser such as Google, or the Adobe Reader search function. Once this edition is complete, the text of the 1505 edition will become fully open access and added to the database for the Janus intertextuality search engine, developed in 2007-8 for the The Electronic Manipulus florum Project. Janus users will then be able to conduct intertextuality searches of the Manipulus florum, and/or the Liber pharetrae, and/or the Compendium, in a single search query.

While this website will provide a critical edition of the 1505 Venice edition, a critical edition based on multiple manuscript witnesses is currently being developed for the Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive, directed by Dr. Jeffrey Witt at Loyola University Maryland, who was the primary collaborator on the major grant application that is funding this work. It is expected that both editions will be completed by 2026. One of the manuscripts to be collated for this project is Toronto, Fisher Rare Book Library, MS 09264 (TM 669), which was produced in or near Padua about a century after Montagnone completed this text in that city.

©2013-23 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The editor gratefully acknowledges that seed funding for this project was provided through a 2013 Undergraduate Research Assistant Grant that was partly funded by WLU operating funds and partly by a General Research Grant awarded to WLU by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The completion of this project is being financed by a 2021 SSHRC Insight Grant for the Digital Auctores Project.