Pal. lat. 24 includes several Biblical books of the Old Testament (Tobias, Judith, Job, Esther). It was initially copied in Uncial script, written in 22 long lines per page in the seventh or eighth century. The writing surface of this original manuscript seems to have been entirely made up of nine recycled Latin manuscripts and a Greek one, ranging from the fourth to the sixth century. Soon after its production (eighth century), probably already at Lorsch, this manuscript was restored and its missing texts were copied on brand-new parchment folios (ff. 1-8, 17-37, 54-71) by another Uncial hand. The long lines vary from 17-21 per page, and each page currently measures 110 × 85 mm. It found its way to the Palatine Library at Heidelberg whence it arrived to the Vatican Library in 1623.
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia
Two bifolios of Pal. lat. 24 (ff. 11 + 14, 12 + 13) preserves three longer sections from Lucan’s Pharsalia (VI,21-61; 228-267, VII,458-537, siglum Π), the epic poem on the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. The text is written in capitalis rustica of medium size; it has 20 lines per page and shows features that are identical to Vat. lat. 3226, the Bembo Terence from the fifth century. The manuscript has running titles and can be regarded as a good example of Lucan’s very popular text from Late Antiquity. The same text (Lucanus, Pharsalia VIII. 60-524) is also featured in a somewhat later manuscript (Vat. lat. 5755, pp. 292-307) copied in Uncial script, and was later recycled in Bobbio.
Transcription: Quaerit iter qua torta graves lorica cat[enas | Opponit tutoq(ue) latet sub tegmine pectu[s] | Hac quoq(ue) perventum est ad viscera tot[que per arma]
Pal. lat. 24, f. 14v and Vat. lat. 3867, f. 9v. Capitalis rustica