Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages by Bernhard Bischoff

By Bernhard Bischoff

First released in 1979, this paintings, through the best dwelling authority on medieval palaeography, deals the main finished and up to date account in any language of the heritage of Latin script. It incorporates a unique account of the function of the ebook in cultural background from antiquity to the Renaissance and descriptions the historical past of booklet illumination. by means of surroundings the advance of Latin script in its cultural context, it presents an unrivalled creation to the character of medieval Latin tradition.

Show description

Read or Download Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages PDF

Similar medieval books

Dangerous Voices: Women's Laments and Greek Literature

In risky Voices Holst-Warhaft investigates the facility and that means of the traditional lament, particularly women's mourning of the useless, and units out to find why laws used to be brought to reduce those laments in antiquity. An research of laments starting from New Guinea to Greece means that this basically lady artwork shape gave girls huge energy over the rituals of demise.

Plautus and Roman Slavery

This e-book experiences a vital part within the historical past of Roman slavery, starting with the transition to chattel slavery within the 3rd century bce and finishing with antiquity’s first large-scale slave uprising within the 130s bce. Slavery is a courting of strength, and to check slavery – and never easily masters or slaves – we have to see the interactions of people who communicate to one another, a unprecedented form of proof from the traditional international.

A Medieval Miscellany

This selection of occasional writings by means of well known medieval student Margaret Wade Labarge considers an eclectic mixture of subject matters and matters within the background of the center a long time. the numerous lives of medieval girls, their strength and standing inside society, are depicted via their very own writings; questions of medieval tradition are associated with these dealing with humanity in our time; commute, as skilled via the main prestigious ambassador and via the lowliest pilgrim, is explored; and the origins and prerequisites of health and wellbeing care are tested.

Additional resources for Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Example text

75 Fink et al. (1940) 146. 76 But oddly enough not by the Arvals, as noted by Weinstock (1971) 207. WHY FASTI} 25 continued to be commemorated in the calendar had Octavian not won the struggle for the position of Caesar's political heir. Being Caesar's son and Julian family heir, and even having the unique advantage of being 'filius divi' since 42 BC, was not enough. For example, his birthday, 23 September, was not made a public festival until 30 BC, after he had won at Actium and for which it was a reward (Dio, 51.

The Roman state feriae, both stativae and conceptivae, affected the character of a day officially. An example of how this happened is provided by Cicero. The kalends of January was ordinarily marked F, but in the year 58 BC the Compitalia, feriae conceptivae fell on this day (Cicero, Pis. 8) and so changed it to NP. 55 Religion and the calendar, then, were inextricably intertwined in Roman public life. This fact explains why the power to make intercalations for correcting inexactitudes had been vested in the pontiffs, who also happened to be magistrates.

4. 4; Fam. 8. 11. 1), Caesar (BG 2. 35), Plutarch (Sull. 8. 3), and Appian (BC 1. 56. 5; 59. 6). Dio (49. 62. 1) cites a case where a pontifex attempted to intercalate an extra month for the enactment of the senate's measures. Abuse of the system of intercalation for negligence is cited by Cicero (Leg. 2. 12. 29), for impropriety by Suetonius (Div. Iul. 40), for corruption by Solinus (1. 43), for political gain by Censorinus (20. 7). Paradoxically, both despite and because of the Republican calendar's inefficiency in time-reckoning, its importance in the political-religious life of the city was paramount.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.27 of 5 – based on 46 votes