Prudentiusí Psychomachia
'Conflict Of The Soul'


Various 9th to 11th century manuscripts illustrating the scene of:
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array [of Vices]

9th century. Leyden, Universitatsbibliothek, Cod. Burmanni Q 3, folio 127v lower.

PATIENTIA CUM IOB PER MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass by the middle of the array

Northern France: Abbey of Saint-Amand?, c. 890 AD. Brussels, KBR, Ms. 9987-91, folio 107v lower.

PATIENTIA CUM IOB PER MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass by the middle of the array


France (Reims ?), 870-899AD. BnF Ms. Latin 8085, folio 59r.

patience et job sur le champ de bataille
Patience and Job on the battlefield
PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT


Lake Constance, c.900AD. Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 264, page 80.

Long-Suffering Being Escorted Unharmed Through An Army By Job


Canterbury c.1000. Corpus Christi College, Ms. 23, folio 11v.

PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array

Christ Church, Canterbury, c.1000. British Library, MS Cotton Cleopatra C VIII, folio 12v lower.

PATIENTIA CUM IOB MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array


10th-11th century. Brussel, Bibliotheque royale, Ms. 10066-77, folio 120v lower.

PATIENTIA CUM IOB PER MEDIAS ACIES TRANSIT
Patience and Job pass by the middle of the array


10th-11th century. St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Ms. 135, p395 lower.

Patience and Job pass through the midst of the array


11th century. British Library Additional MS 24199, folio 11r.

Long-Suffering Being Escorted Unharmed Through An Army By Job

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.




Prudentiusí Psychomachia manuscripts