Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Rand Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. E. Rozanne Elder

Third Advisor

Dr. Otto Grundler

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Manuscripts of the commentary of Atto of Vercelli on the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans were transcribed and collated, and a critical edition of the commentary, from the Prologue to Atto’s comments on chapter two, verse thirteen of the biblical text, was produced, noting textual variants, Scriptural quotations, and Patristic sources. This edition was compared with previous editions of the commentary, and variants were listed. A comparison was made with manuscripts of another commentary on Romans which was paraphrased from Atto’s, and similarities and differences were noted.

Microfilms of two manuscripts were used in the transcription: Vercelli Biblioteca Capitolare MS XXXIX (40), and Karlsruhe Badische Landesbibliothek Aug. CL. The latter has never been collated with the former, which was the sole basis of the previous editions. The Karlsruhe manuscript had significant variant readings, including text not found in the Vercelli manuscript. These variants, when incorporated into the text, produced a text notably improved over the previous editions.