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Bristol Psalter
London, British Library, Add. MS 40731
Byzantine, 11th century
f. 231v: David and Goliath, each accompanied by a personification: David by Might and Goliath by Pride


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Date: 11th century
Title: The Bristol Psalter
Languages: Greek, Ancient
Physical Description:
    Materials: Parchment.
    Dimensions: 105 x 85 mm (text space: 70 x 60 mm).
    Script: Greek minuscule.
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean (Constantinople).
Source: British Library, Add. MS 40731

Female personifications of Virtues and Vices may have been influenced by Prudentius' Psychomachia



See the same composition and costume in David and Goliath, Paris Psalter, Byzantine, 10th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. gr. 139
Referenced by Carolingian Arms and Armor in the Ninth Century by Simon Coupland
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