The Life of Saint Neilos was written shortly after the saint’s death by a monastic companion and eyewitness. The text is admired for historical accuracy about persons and events, and for the valuable picture it gives, not only of monastic practices and discipline, but of daily life and local customs in Calabria. The present edition of the work is satisfying in every way. It contains an historical introduction to Nilus [Neilos, in Greek] and his times and to the text and translations; a
The International Medieval Congress, usually held at the University of Leeds, is going online for 2020. As part of the conference’s virtual exhibits hall, all Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library volumes are available for 20% off from July 1 to July 31. Our bilingual volumes, published by Harvard University Press, make medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek, and Old English literature accessible to scholars and to general readers. To take advantage of the discounted price: Everyone located in North and South America can claim the
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