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The etymologies of Isidore of Seville

Author: Isidore, of Seville Saint; Stephen A Barney
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"This work is the first complete English translation of the Latin Etymologies of Isidore, bishop of Seville (c. 560-636). Isidore compiled the work between c. 615 and the early 630s and it takes the form of an encyclopedia, arranged by subject matter. It contains much lore of the late classical world beginning with the Seven Liberal Arts, including Rhetoric, and touches on hundreds of topics ranging from the names  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1600
Early works to 1800
Translations into English
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Isidore, of Seville Saint; Stephen A Barney
ISBN: 0521837499 9780521837491
Language Note: Translated from the Latin.
OCLC Number: 56942080
Description: xii, 475 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Grammar and its parts --
Rhetoric and dialectic --
Mathematics, whose parts are arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy --
Medicine --
Laws and the instruments of the judiciary, and chronology --
The order of scripture, cycles and canons, liturgical feasts and offices --
Gods and angels, prophetic nomenclature, names of the holy fathers, martyrs, clerics, monks, and other names --
Church and synagogue, religion and faith, heresies, philosophers, poets, sibyls, magicians, pagans, gods of the gentiles --
Languages of the nations, royal, military, and civic terminology, family relationships --
Certain terms in alphabetical order --
Human beings and their parts, the ages of humans, portents and metamorphoses --
Four-footed animals, creeping animals, fish, and flying animals --
Elements, that is, the heavens and the air, waters, the sea, rivers and floods --
Earth, paradise, the regions of the whole globe, islands, mountains, other terms for places, and the lower regions of the earth --
Cities, urban and rural buildings, fields, boundaries and measures of fields, roads --
Earthly materials from land and water, every kind of gem and precious stones, ivory likewise, treated along with marble, glass, all the metals, weights and measures --
Agriculture, crops of every kind, vines and trees of every kind, herbs and all vegetables --
Wars and triumphs and the instruments of war, the forum, spectacles, games of chance and ball games --
Ships, ropes, and nets, iron workers, the construction of walls and all the implements of building, also wool-working, ornaments, and all kinds of clothing --
Tables, foodstuffs, drink, and their vessels, vessels for wine, water, and oil, vessels of cooks, bakers, and lamps, beds, chairs, vehicles, rural and garden implements, equestrian equipment.
Other Titles: Etymologiae.
Responsibility: [translated by] Stephen A. Barney [and others] ; with the collaboration of Muriel Hall.


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