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Biblical Thematics: The Story of Samson in Medieval Literary Discourse  

Greti Dinkova-Bruun

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Jan 2012
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This article discusses the biblical story of the Old Testament hero Samson in order to exemplify the various modes of biblical discourse in medieval Latinate culture. Whether in prose or ... More

Byzantium and Its Neighbours  

James Howard-Johnston

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Oct 2008
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Nov 2012
In the course of its millennial history, much changed in the world around Byzantium. The Roman Empire from which Byzantium emerged as the true successor state was gradually pulled to ... More

Byzantium's Role in World History  

Cyril Mango

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Oct 2008
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Nov 2012
More often than not in the course of its long history, Byzantium found itself in a defensive posture and its most dangerous enemies were Asiatics: Persians, Arabs, and various peoples of ... More

Canonicity  

Ralph Hexter

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Jan 2012
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This article focuses on the problematics of a medieval Latin canon and medieval Latin literary history, emphasising the idea of “minor literature” that Deleuze and Guattari reference in ... More

The Cultures and Dynamics of Translation into Medieval Latin  

Thomas E. Burman

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Medieval European scholars often found themselves worrying over the reliability of their Latin texts. As Latin sought to establish itself in the Mediterranean basin as a language of ... More

The Current Questions and Future Prospects of Medieval Latin Studies  

David Townsend

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2012
This article explains the current questions and future prospects of medieval Latin literature. Three areas that are arguably of particular importance for medieval Latin literature's ... More

Gloss and Commentary  

Rita Copeland

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Medieval thought leaves some of its richest records in glosses and commentaries on authoritative texts. To know how medieval thinkers viewed their treasured inheritance of ancient ... More

Humanism and Continuities in the Transition to the Early Modern  

Ronald G. Witt

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The defining goal of humanism was to recapture in the writings the beauty of the poetry and prose of antiquity. The humanists articulated for the first time in European history the modern ... More

The Idea of Latinity  

Nicholas Watson

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This article explores the medieval Latinity from a conceptual perspective. It suggests two possible lines of enquiry. The first is sociolinguistic, which leads to a study of the ... More

The Language, Form, and Performance of Monophonic Liturgical Chants  

Susan Boynton and Margot Fassler

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Jan 2012
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This article emphasizes the performative aspects of a system, realized through repetition and voicing. The Latinity of medieval sung liturgical texts depends fundamentally on their ... More

Late Antiquity, New Departures  

Marco Formisano

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Late antique textuality acquires the mission of questioning common views of what “literature” is and, at the same time, it invites being put in productive comparison with literature ... More

Latin as a Language of Authoritative Tradition  

Ryan Szpiech

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Latin existed as a language of authoritative tradition in Augustine's time, and it was also in this sense that it faced repeated challenges over the long course of its medieval ... More

Latin as an Acquired Language  

Carin Ruff

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In the case of Latin, the characteristically medieval situation of language acquisition comes about at the point where one can say that all of Europe stands at a sufficient temporal, ... More

Location, Location, Location: Geography, Knowledge, and the Creation of Medieval Latin Textual Communities  

Ralph Hexter

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Jan 2012
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The work of paleographers and codicologists has helped us to appreciate the materiality of the books written in the Middle Ages. The collection and dissemination of information and the ... More

Martianus Capella and the Liberal Arts  

Andrew Hicks

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Jan 2012
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This article addresses the ubiquitous matrix of cultural capital in the Latin Middle Ages, namely the liberal arts through the lively panoply of Martianus's disciplinae cyclicae. This is ... More

Medieval Latin in Modern English: Translations from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day  

Jan M. Ziolkowski

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Jan 2012
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Translation studies have generally burgeoned as a field of scholarly investigation in recent decades. This article considers the fortunes of Medieval Latin literature in Modern English ... More

Medieval Latin Texts in the Age of Printing  

Paolo Chiesa

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Jan 2012
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The introduction of movable type printing had revolutionary consequences for the production and circulation of literary texts. The replacement of a manual with a mechanical process for ... More

Modes of Self-Writing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages  

Gur Zak

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Jan 2012
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This article examines the history of medieval Latin practices of self-writing by exploring them on their own terms. People wrote about themselves in various ways and for various reasons ... More

Music  

Alexander Lingas

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Oct 2008
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Nov 2012
The literary and physical evidence for Byzantine music, the study of which is in many cases still at preliminary stages, includes treatises of music theory, lyrics (with or without musical ... More

Prose Style  

Gregory Hays

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Jan 2012
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In analyzing medieval Latin prose, one should think not in terms of a monolithic “medieval” style, but rather of a wide range of styles and stylistic devices that an author may employ or ... More

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