Rogers, Daniel - Antiquae Britanniae Observationes

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Rogers, Daniel - Antiquae Britanniae Observationes
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15221
TitleTitel of the book. Antiquae Britanniae Observationes
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Cotton MS Titus F X
AuthorAuthor of the document. Daniel Rogers
Publication dateDate when the publication was issued: day - month - year .
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Guillaume Budé, William Camden
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Britain , Notes
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, pp. 107-101
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'[The manuscript] falls into two parts. In the first, after a list of authors and a few introductory pages about the name and agriculture of Britain, mistakes in Polydore Vergil, and the division of Britain (ff.3r–18v), it contains a series of notes and quotations from ancient authors, arranged chronologically from Julius Caesar to Valentinian III (ff.19r–63v). The second part (ff.86r–end) looks more like notes for his promised Mores. It starts with clothing and language (Vestitus Britannorum; De lingua veterum Britannorum), and covers many other similar topics, including a long list of errors by previous writers.
Rogers knew Budé’s great work, since he refers to it in another context, but he does not seem to use it to refer to coins. In fact, despite the help he was given, coins have only a small presence in his notes, and certainly a lesser one than inscriptions. On ff.72v–73r, he gives drawings of inscriptions he saw in Bath in July 1598, with a reference to Camden, and several pages (ff.74r–82v) have quite a long compilation of ‘Inscriptiones antiquae historiae Britanniae’ cited from Aldus (Manutius) and elsewhere. In the body of his notes under the different emperors, he uses an inscription for Claudius, the ‘Camaladonum’ one (taken from Lipsius),62 and later uses another for Antoninus Pius (f.37r), taken from Aldus (Manutius). But texts are his much-preferred source: even ancient British rulers like Cunobelin or Caratacus are cited only from them (f.24v).' (Burnett 2020b, p. 107; individual references to coins are discussed on pp. 107-10)


  1. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.