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 8.

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, the eleventh book of Venantius Fortunatus’ Carmina, and the Gesta Francorum.

Current text:

In semester 2 2018, the group is translating the Votum theologorum Avionensium (the proceedings of the heresy trial against Meister Eckhard). Copies of the text will be made available to group members.

Future texts:

Later this year and into 2019, the group will be translating selections from Liutprand of Cremona’s Antapodosis, the Devastatio Constantinopolitana and Boncompagno da Signa’s Liber de obsidione Anconae. Copies of texts will be made available to group members.