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The Medieval World of Isidore of Seville

The Medieval World of Isidore of Seville
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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867405

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  • In his Etymologiae, St Isidore of Seville put together a systematic survey of the world in the form of a vast thesaurus of Latin vocabulary, which supplies a more or less accepted or fanciful etymology for each term. It became one of the most influential books of European culture through the whole medieval period. This Latin 'Roget' is traditionally used as a reference work, accessed through an elaborate index system. In this book Professor Henderson, the most challenging critic writing on Latin literature and Roman culture, presents a full reading of all twenty books of the Etymologiae, showing how the material is sequenced so that its reader is treated to a thoroughgoing education in the world as it was apprehended in Jewish, Graeco-Roman and Christian culture. All Latin, including etymologies, is translated.

    • Offering a comprehensive reading of the whole of the Etymologiae, the Latin power book that delivered the classical-Christian world to the Middle Ages
    • Translates all Latin, including the etymologies, for which a full index is provided
    • Written by one of the leading critics of Latin literature and Roman culture
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    "...not only offers an important contribution to scholarship on Isidore, but shows how classicists can and should expand the borders of Latin studies into new fields and methods." --BMCR

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867405
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface: when it's ajar
    Part I. Preliminaries:
    1. Prefatory correspondence and dedication
    2. Index and referencing system
    3. Conclusion
    Part II. Reading the Etymologiae
    Section 1. Primary Education:
    4. Proem: seven at one blow
    5. Grammar: the alphabet
    6. Grammar proper
    7. Rhetoric
    8. Dialectic or rationalist philosophy
    Section 2. Secondary Education:
    9. Arithmetic
    10. Geometry
    11. Music
    12. Astronomy
    13. Medicine
    14. Law and history
    15. Scripture and Christian duties
    16. God, the angels, the saints
    17. Church, schism, paganism
    18. Languages, populations, societies
    19. Epithets: a thesaurus
    20. Mankind and monsters
    21. Living creatures
    22. World survey (water)
    23. Earth survey (land)
    24. Building, town, and country
    25. Rocks and metals
    26. Agriculture and botany
    27. War and recreation
    28. Ships, construction and decoration, clothing
    29. Food and drink, packaging and transport, tools and harness
    Conclusion: after words
    Index locorum
    General index.

  • Author

    John Henderson, University of Cambridge

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