Learning and Culture in Carolingian Europe: Letters, Numbers, Exegesis, and Manuscripts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Learning and Culture in Carolingian Europe

Letters, Numbers, Exegesis, and Manuscripts, 1st Edition

By John J. Contreni


336 pages

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Hardback: 9781409420415
pub: 2011-03-28

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Nine of the ten essays in this collection appeared first between 1995 and 2005. Centered in the Carolingian age, they explore how the seventh-century Visio Baronti was read in the ninth century and how social and cultural imperatives transformed the life of scholarship, schools and learning in Carolingian Europe. Several essays consider the significance of numerical and scientific studies in the Carolingian curriculum, including the impact of Bede's scientific works in the schools and on the thought of John Scottus (Eriugena). Another reconstructs Eriugena's early career in light of his Glossae divinae historiae. Carolingian biblical culture is the subject of two essays, including a reading of Haimo of Auxerre's commentary on Ezechiel that highlights the unfinished and unpublished commentary's critique of Carolingian society. A poem in the Anthologia Latina long ascribed to Octavian, the Roman emperor, is restored to the monastic culture of the ninth century. Finally, an article on the Laon Formulary, originally published in French in 1973, is here translated and revised.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; 'Building mansions in Heaven': the Visio Baronti, Archangel Raphael, and a Carolingian king; The pursuit of knowledge in Carolingian Europe; Counting, calendars, and cosmology: numeracy in the early Middle Ages; Bede's scientific works in the Carolingian age; John Scottus and Bede; The early career and formation of John Scottus, (with Pádraig Ó'Néill); Carolingian biblical culture; 'By lions, bishops are meant; by wolves, priests': history, exegesis, and the Carolingian Church in Haimo of Auxerre's Commentary on Ezechiel; What was Emperor Augustus doing at a Carolingian banquet (Anth. Lat.² 719f)?; The Laon Formulary and the cathedral school of Laon at the beginning of the 10th century; Addenda; Indexes.

About the Author

John J. Contreni is a Professor in the Department of History, Purdue University, USA

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

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HISTORY / General