While the museum and garden at our Washington, D.C. campus remain closed, Dumbarton Oaks has moved online in its support of students and scholars, and the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library is proud to be part of those efforts. This year the series is host to three virtual internships. Read more about this program and all of Dumbarton Oaks’s online summer initiatives.
The twelfth-century author and grammarian John Tzetzes, a fixture in the scholarly circles of imperial Byzantium, did not want to write another book “like some of those guys, who are deceptive big-talkers, or produce only shadows.” He and his literary rivals faced a serious problem: the epic poems of Homer, the Iliad and Odyssey, are some of the most important jewels of Greek literature and were widely read in the Byzantine empire (as they are today). Yet Homer’s stories of battles, sea voyages, strange monsters,
Eminently readable and remarkably fluid, Godden’s work makes this “Alfredian” translation truly accessible to early twenty-first century students of Old English for the first time. Godden’s introduction serves as a reliable and clear outline of the cultural situations of both the Old English text and its source, Paulus Orosius’s Seven Books of the History Against the Pagans (written after the sack of Rome in 410 CE). It will no doubt help many students as they struggle to make sense of
The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library is proud to join the virtual exhibitors for the canceled 55th annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, hosted by Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute. The year 2020 is a particularly exciting one for DOML, as it marks our ten-year anniversary. Although we cannot attend the conference in person, we are offering a 20% discount on all titles through the end of May 2020 when you order through this special discount website. Also discounted are selected
Los textos reunidos en este volumen, que abarcan un periodo de cinco siglos y una variedad espacial que lleva al lector desde la Península Ibérica a Bizancio, pasando por Alemania y Francia, representan una valiosa fuente de información acerca de las preocupaciones e ideas surgidas en los medios intelectuales occidentales sobre el islam y su profeta Muḥammad. La reproducción de los textos latinos ha sido realizada de forma cuidadosa, como rigurosas son las traducciones llevadas a cabo por los autores,
The volume is a prudent selection because it combines prose, verse, and epistolary sources. The verse texts directly reflect how the nontheological and nonhistorical literature deals with the life of Muhammad. It is particularly commendable that the editors included the Book of Nicholas and the Qualiter in the volume because these texts have received very little scholarly attention. In general, Yolles and Weiss have published a consistent range of texts that give a holistic impression of the medieval literature about