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.

Contact: John Weretka

Time: 12.30 - 2.00 every second Thursday through the year commencing 1 February 2018.

Location: Baillieu Library, generally Project Room 10.

Forthcoming dates:

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 and the Gesta Francorum.

Current Text

In semester 2 2018, the group will be translating the Devastatio Constantinopolitana and Boncompagno da Signa’s Liber de obsidione Anconae. Copies of texts will be made available to group members.