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Medieval Latin

Second Edition

Second Edition

Revised by Joseph Pucci

Medieval Latin

Second Edition

Second Edition

Revised by Joseph Pucci
K. P. Harrington’s Mediaeval Latin, the standard medieval Latin anthology used in the United States since its initial publication in 1925, has now been completely revised and updated for today’s students and teachers by Joseph Pucci. This new edition of the classic anthology retains its breadth of coverage, but increases its depth by adding fourteen new selections, doubling the coverage of women writers, and expanding a quarter of the original selections. The new edition also includes a substantive grammatical introduction by Alison Goddard Elliott.

To help place the selections within their wider historical, social, and political contexts, Pucci has written extensive introductory essays for each of the new edition’s five parts. Headnotes to individual selections have been recast as interpretive essays, and the original bibliographic paragraphs have been expanded. Reprinted from the best modern editions, the selections have been extensively glossed with grammatical notes geared toward students of classical Latin who may be reading medieval Latin for the first time.

Includes thirty-two full-page plates (with accompanying captions) depicting medieval manuscript and book production.

702 pages | 32 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1925, 1962, 1997

Ancient Studies

Language and Linguistics: Language Studies

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition by Joseph Pucci
A Brief Introduction to Medieval Latin Grammar by Alison Goddard Elliott
Part One, 350-450
The Formation of Late Latin
Egeria: The Journey
A Pilgrimage to Mt. Sinai
Sulpicius Severus: The Life of Saint Martin
Saint Martin and the Pine Tree
Ausonius: About Bissula; Crucified Cupid
About Bissula
Crucified Cupid
Paulinus of Nola: The Poems
Why Do You Order the Deposed Muses to Return?
Prudentius: Preface to the Collected Works; Hymn at the Song of the Rooster
Preface to the Collected Works
Hymn at the Song of the Rooster
Proba: The Cento
The Scene of Temptation in Eden

Part Two, 450-750
The Rise of Late Latin
Jordanes: The History of the Goths
Attila, King of the Huns
Attila Is Halted by Pope Leo in Italy
The Death of Attila
Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy
Philosophy Talks to Boethius
Metron 1.7
Avitus: A Poem on the Events of Mosaic History
The Jealousy of the Serpent
Gregory of Tours: The Histories
Gregory Explains Why He Writes History
Gregory Confesses His Faith and Deplores His Ignorance
The Founding of Lyons
Attila the Hun in Gaul
Clovis Defeats the Alamanni and Accepts Christianity

Venantius Fortunatus: The Poems
To Radegund in Retreat
To Radegund: On Violets
To Radegund at Lent
To Radegund on Her Return
To Absent Agnes
On the Poet’s Love for Angus
A Poem to Absent Friends
To Gogo of Metz
To Radegund: On Flowers
The Poet Sends Chestnuts
Vexilla regis prodeunt
Pange, lingua, gloriosi
Gregory I: Letters
A Letter to Empress Constantina Augusta Byzantium on Relics
Isidore of Seville: The Etymologies

Bede: Ecclesiastical History of the English People
The Martyrdom of Saint Alban
Part Three, 750-900
From Late to Medieval Latin
Paul the Deacon: The History of the Lombards;
The Poems
The Seven Sleepers
The Maelstrom
Alboin, the Huns, and the Gepidae (c. 567)
How the Lombards Came To Italy
A Fatal Jest
Emperor Tiberius Constantinus and the Treasure of Narses
A Royal Wooing
A Remarkable Tale
Paul’s Genealogy
The Como Poem
The Cloistered Life
Paul Responds to Peter of Pisa
An Epitaph for the Tomb of Fortunatus

Alcuin: Poems and Letters
Poem to Corydon
Dafnis and Menalcus Mourn the Cuckoo
Poem to the Students at York
The Conflict of Winter and Spring
The Cell Poem
Alcuin to King Aethelred

Theodulf: The Books I Used To Read; Why I Don’t Write Poetry
The Books I Used to Read
Why I Don’t Write Poetry

Einhard: The Life of Charlemagne
The Saxons
How the King Brought Up His Children
Charlemagne’s Physique, Exercising, Bathing
His Habits in Daily Life
His Studies and Educational Ambitions
His Devotion to the Church
Ermoldus Nigellus: In Honor of Louis the Pious
The Siege of Barcelona
Hrabanus Maurus: Poems
A Prayer
To A Friend
To Samuel
Walahfrid Strabo: On Horticulture
The Persistence of the Gardener
John Scottus Eriugena: On the Division of Nature
On the Division of Nature
An Elusive Category
Dhuoda: Manual for My Son
An Opening Acrostic
The Prologue to the Manual
The Preface to the Manual
On Loving God
Sedulius Scottus: On Christian Leadership; To Bishop Hartgar;
To Bishop Franco
How to Be a Just Judge
To Bishop Hartgar
On the Coming of Bishop Franco
Part Four, 900-1100
The Rise of Medieval Latin
Notker Balbulus: Sequence for Saint Laurence; Martyrology for Saint Laurence
A Sequence for Saint Laurence
The Story of the Martyrdom of Saint Laurence
Gerald: The Poem on Walter
Walter and Hildegund Come to An Understanding
Attila Discovers the Flight of the Hostages
Walter Defeats His Opponents
The Battle Continues
Liutprand of Cremona: Antapodosis; Mission to Constantinople
A Joking Emperor and a Shrewd Soldier
The Death of Conrad I
The Assassination of King Berengarius I
Emperor Romanus I and the Palace at Constantinople
Liutprand Is Received in Constantinople as an Envoy of Berengar II
Liutprand’s Reception in Constantinople
Shoddy Imperialism
Some Prophecies and Their Interpretations
Liutprand’s Farewell to Constantinople

Widukind of Corvey: The History of the Saxons
A Brave Saxon Leads His Countrymen to Victory
Shrewd Methods of Petty Warfare
A Fire Test Convinces the Danes
Richer of St. Remy: The History of France
Verdun in the Tenth Century
A Hard Journey in Pursuit of Learning
Hrotsvita of Gandersheim: Dulcitius
Medieval Latin Religious Drama: A Mystery Play on the Resurrection; A Miracle Play on Saint Nicholas
A Mystery Play on the Resurrection
A Miracle Play on Saint Nicholas
Ekkehard IV of St. Gall: The History of St. Gall
Three Friends and a Telltale
Notker’s Encounter With the Devil
Heribald and the Hungarian Invasion
The Duchess Hadwig at Her Morning Lesson with Ekkehard
Adam of Bremen: A Description of the Islands of the North
The Norsemen Discover America
The Cambridge Songs
Carmen 10: The Nightingale
Carmen 11: The Otto Melody
Carmen 15: A Clever Liar
Carmen 17: Lament for the Death of Henry II (1024 C.E.)
Carmen 23: A Song for Summer
Carmen 24: The Bishop and the Braggart
Carmen 35: The Priest and the Wolf
Carmen 42: The Lazy Abbot
Peter Damian: Poem on the Joy of Paradise
The Joy of Paradise
Part Five, 1100-1350
Varieties of Medieval Latin

Saint Anselm: The Prayer to the Virgin Mary
To Mary, When the Mind Is Troubled by Fear

Gregory VII: A Letter to Emperor Henry IV
A Letter to Emperor Henry IV: 8 January 1076
The Alexander Romances
Selections from the Life of Alexander the Great
Alexander in India
Raymond of Aguilers: The History of the Franks Who Captured Jerusalem
The Discovery of the Holy Spear
The Virtue of the Holy Spear
William of Malmesbury: The Deeds of the Kings of England
The Magnanimity of William Rufus
Other Examples of the King’s Magnanimity
Fulcher of Chartres: A History of the Expedition to Jerusalem
The Crusaders Capture Jerusalem
Peter Abelard: The History of My Misfortunes; Hymn for Vespers; Lament of Dinah
The History of My Misfortunes
Hymn for Vespers on the Sabbath
Lament of Dinah
Heloise: Letter to Abelard
Letter to Abelard
Geoffrey of Monmouth: The History of the Kings of Britain
The Beginning of "Waesseil" in England
The Coronation of King Arthur
The Coronation Games and Sports
Adam of St. Victor: Sequences on Christ
Sequence on the Resurrection of the Lord
Sequence on the Ascension of the Lord
Nivardus: Ysengrimus
Reynard Takes Ysengrimus Fishing

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