Welcome to
The Compendium moralium notabilium Project

The purpose of this website 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 digital humanities project provides two types of resources derived from the 1505 Venice edition of the Compendium (i.e. "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.

When additional funding is obtained, this online resource will be expanded to eventually include a complete transcription of the entire 1505 Venice edition and editions of the quotations attributed to the classical, patristic, and medieval sources (including several which have not been edited yet and one that apparently does not survive as a complete text) as a prelude to the creation of a critical edition of the entire text based on several key manuscript witnesses. The edited quotations will then be converted into XML and added to the database for the Janus intertextuality search engine, developed in 2007-8 for the The Electronic Manipulus florum Project. Users of that resource will then have the option of searching either the Manipulus florum, the Compendium, or both editions in conducting intertextuality searches.

©2013-21 Chris L. Nighman
History Department
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The editor gratefully acknowledges that financial support for this project was provided through an 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).