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Bede: Historia Ecclesiastica

Friday., 6pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: Bede's Ecclesiastical History is a foundational document for understanding the history of British Isles, their Christianisation and political life in the period of the Anglo-Saxon domination, written a superb Latinist and a figure of Europe-wide significance in terms of his massive erudition. This course will read selections from across the Historia, including the account of the conversion of Edwin of Northumbria and the vision of Hell experienced by Dryhthelm. A feature of this course will be engagement with and reading from the immense manuscript tradition of this work.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced Latin reading. No prior knowledge of Medieval Latin is assumed.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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John holds undergraduate and graduate qualifications in musicology, medieval history, art history, theology, and Latin, and is currently a doctoral student, engaged in a translation of and commentary on Sicard of Cremona's De Mitrale. He works in the early music stream of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and is the convenor of the University's Medieval Latin Reading Group. He has taught medieval texts, including Donizo's Vita Matilidis and Bede's Historia, for the Paideia Institute since early 2021.