Medieval Latin Reading Group

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An informal group that meets fortnightly to read medieval texts in Latin in a friendly and supportive environment. All levels of Latin expertise welcomed.

Time: 12.30-2:00 every second Thursday through semester commencing 16 February.

Location: Baillieu Library, Project Room 1

Contact: John Weretka

The pieces chosen are either directly related to members' research or have language and vocabulary that members want to explore for their research. There is usually an English translation available for the texts chosen.

Texts have included the Vitae of St Mochuda, Alexander the Great and Charlemagne, Leonardo Bruni’s Historiarum Florentini populi libri XII, Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, the Carmina Burana, the Aberdeen Bestiary, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Brittaniae and selections from Jacobus de Voragine’s Legenda Aurea.

Current text

We are currently completing a translation of the second book Donizo’s Vita Mathildis and will proceed this year to work on texts by Sedulius Scottus before commencing translation of selections from the beast epic Ysengrimus, the source for the Reynard the Fox stories. Copies of texts are made available to group members.

Glossary of words not found in classical authors

Niermeyer's medieval Latin dictionary

Online dictionary and grammar of classical Latin (University of Notre Dame)

An online tutorial for medieval Latin