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 1 February 2018.

Location: Baillieu Library, generally Project Room 4.

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, selections from Jacobus de Voragine’s Legenda Aurea, the Liber secundus of Donizo’s Vita Matildis, Sedulius Scottus’ De quodam verbece, the Liber primus of Ysengrimus and the eleventh book of Venantius Fortunatus’ Carmina.

Current Text

In 2018, the group will be translating selections from the Gesta Francorum. Copies of texts will be 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

Bibliography