'Conflict Of The Soul'
Lyon, Bibliotheque du Palais des Arts, Ms. 22, 11th century
Patience and Anger (Wrath)
folio 4v upper
Anger prepares to throw a spear at Patience
IRA TELVM IACTAT & PACIENTIAM INCREPAT
folio 4v lower
Patience deflects Angerís spear
GLADIUS IRE FRANGITA IN CAPITE PATIENTIE
folio 7r upper
Anger's missiles lie purposeless on the ground
IACULA FRACTA IACENT QUE OMISERAT IRA CONTRA PACIENTIAM
The artist has included the breaking sword early and has little room to move in the following illustrations.
folio 7r lower
Anger hits Patience with her sword
PACIENTIAM IRA PERCUTIT GLADIO
folio 7v upper
Anger's sword breaks into pieces
PACIENTIA INTREPIDA PERSISTENTE FRANGITUR GLADIUS IRE
folio 7v lower
Anger kills herself with her sword
IRA GLADIO SVO SE INTERFICIT
Image Source: Lyon, Bibliotheque du Palais des Arts, Ms. 22
Latin text: The Latin Library
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.
'Abraham & Lot' from the same Prudentius' Psychomachia Manuscript
Other Prudentius' Psychomachia Manuscripts