Maurus's other human portrait, which opens the collection, depicts Emperor Ludwig the Pious, calling him (in the first line) the king and governor of the entire world. The sixteenth-century printer has given the poem his own title, "De imagine Cesaris" — "In the image of Caesar." It was common throughout late antiquity and the middle ages to use the names Caesar and Christ interchangeably when referring to the current emperor, regardless of his actual name. The main poem here contains five individual intexts, each with text appropriate to its shape: the crown, the corona, the cruciform staff, the shield, and the Emperor himself.

15. Hrabanus Maurus. "Rex regum dominus mundum ditione gubernans," also called "De Imagine Cesaris," c. 835.
Published here in: Magnencij Rabani Mauri De lavdib[us] Sanctae Crucis opus Eruditione versu prosaq[ue] mirificum. Phorçheim: Thomas Anshelm, 1503.
Rare Book Collection Folio. Presented by the Hanes Foundation for the Study of the Origin and Development of the Book.


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