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The Old English history of the world : an Anglo-Saxon rewriting of Orosius

Author: Paulus Orosius; Malcolm Godden
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: Dumbarton Oaks medieval library, 44.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Orosius rewrote the history of the world from a Christian perspective, which became one of the most widely-read accounts of world history through late antiquity and the Middle Ages and an important influence on much later writing of history. Sometime in the late ninth or early tenth century an Anglo-Saxon scholar embarked on his own translation and adaptation of Orosius's History. This Old English version survives
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Paulus Orosius
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paulus Orosius; Malcolm Godden
ISBN: 9780674971066 067497106X
OCLC Number: 945571284
Language Note: Text in Old English with English translation on facing pages; introduction and notes in English.
Description: xxi, 472 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
List of Chapters: Book 1 ; Book 2 ; Book 3 ; Book 4; Book 5 ; Book 6 --
Abbreviations --
Note on the Text --
Notes to the Text --
Notes to the Translation.
Series Title: Dumbarton Oaks medieval library, 44.
Other Titles: Historiarum adversus paganos libri VII.
Responsibility: edited and translated by Malcolm R. Godden.

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Orosius rewrote the history of the world from a Christian perspective, which became one of the most widely-read accounts of world history through late antiquity and the Middle Ages and an important influence on much later writing of history. Sometime in the late ninth or early tenth century an Anglo-Saxon scholar embarked on his own translation and adaptation of Orosius's History. This Old English version survives only in two manuscripts of the tenth and eleventh century.--

"The Old English History of the World is a translation and adaptation of the Latin history known as the Seven Books of History against the Pagans, written by the Spanish cleric Paulus Orosius at the prompting of Saint Augustine after the sack of Rome in 410. To counter the pagan and republican narratives of Livy and other classical historians, Orosius created an account of the ancient world from a Christian and imperial viewpoint. His work was immensely popular throughout Europe in succeeding centuries, down to the end of the Middle Ages. Around the year 900, an Old English version was produced by an anonymous writer, possibly encouraged or inspired by King Alfred. The translator actively transformed Orosius's narrative: cutting extraneous detail, adding explanations and dramatic speeches, and supplying a long section on the geography of the Germanic world. This volume offers a new edition and modern translation of an Anglo-Saxon perspective on the ancient world."--Publisher's description.

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