Prudentius’ poem was written in the
fourteeth century, but very popular from the ninth through the thirteenth
centuries, even in the Rhineland, where Hildegard lived.

            The Ordo virtutum appears in two different parts of
her oeuvre and has an interesting reception history even within Hildegard’s own
lifetime. 7 This is a shorter form at the end of her large visionary work, Scivias. Hildegard completed Scivas in the early 1150s.8 The expanded
form in its second appearance is a musical work at the end of her music
collection where her musical corpus, , often referred to as the “Riesencodex” which
is a a twelfth-century manuscript held today in Wiesbaden, was one out of two
manuscripts.

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