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Martin von Hase

Bibliographical descriptions of over 1200 Erfurt-printed books 1501 - 1550. Nearly one-hundred of these are published for the first time in the present third- and final edition.

Luthers Stellung zu den Juden

Eine Interpretation aus germanistischer Sicht


C. Bernd Sucher

Luther's position towards the Jews has hitherto always been studied from a theological angle. The present new approach, from the point-of-view of a Germanic scholar, results in the discovery of interesting new facts.



The sale of indulgences is considered to be the starting point of Martin Luther's Reformation. On the basis of the indulgence instructions the present book devotes its first part to the vagueness and inconsistencies of the indulgence as it was seen by Cardinal Cajetan, the leading Roman theologian in the time of Luther. It then deals with the dispute between Cajetan and Luther's writings. In its third part the book reaches out as far as the year 1522, when Cajetan, commenting on the Summa of Thomas Aquina, gives his final opinion on the indulgence. Presenting the theological confrontations on the indulgence, due attention is given to the conflict which had the greatest impact on the early Reformation time.

Der muoz mir süezer Worte jehen

Liber amicorum für Norbert Voorwinden


Edited by Ludo Jongen and Sjaak Onderdelinden

Usually memorial volumes presented on the occasion of anniversaries or of the retirement of a respected colleague display little coherence, however hard the editors have tried to cover the diversity with the cloak of charity. The Festschrift for Norbert Voorwinden is no exception to the rule. The wide range of research of the Leiden Germanic and medieval scholar has prompted fourteen contributors to highlight various aspects of Dr Voorwinden's scholarly interests. Naturally attention is paid to the problem of orality, both in time (from the Middle Ages to the present) and in space (from the Middle East to Scotland). The borderland between Holland and Germany is approached from historical, linguistic and literary angles. Besides, Arthurian studies, paleography, philosophy, theology, and Frisia come up for discussion. A bibliographical survey of Norbert Voorwinden's scholarly work concludes this memorial volume.


Alla Romancuk

The book is the first in a Western European language to present the results of the excavation of Byzantine Cherson (7th-14th centuries) in the Crimea. It offers a comprehensive study of the topography of the city, its material culture, everyday life, architecture, craft production, and religious beliefs. Taking all archaeological, written and other evidence into account, it places Cherson within the overall history of the Byzantine Empire, its periphery and Black Sea-Mediterranean trade.

Opusculum fabularum

Die Fabelsammlung der Berliner Handschrift Theol. lat. fol. 142


Christina Meckelnborg and Bernd Schneider

This volume contains a medieval collection of Latin adaptations of Aesopian fables, the so-called Opusculum fabularum which consists of three books, each of them again containing about 50 fables. Its complete version has been handed down only in the Berlin manuscript Theol. lat. fol. 142. The critical edition of this text is the main part of the present volume. It also contains the critical edition of the text of those fables of the Opusculum fabularum that have been quoted by Conrad von Halberstadt in his Tripartitus moralium.
The present volume is the very first publication of the Opusculum fabularum and will prove most useful for latinists, medievalists and other literary scholars in their studies of the development of the Latin fable in the Middle Ages and in early modern times.


Mittelalterliche Redekunst in lateinischer Sprache



Medieval history and learning have been deeply influenced by the ancient art of rhetoric. In the past time academic research has concentrated on the rhetorical theories of the Middle Ages ( Artes rhetoricae, Artes praedicandi, Artes arengandi), while the contemporary practice of oratory has been completely neglected. Against the still prevailing opinion the present study shows that there is a medieval tradition of Latin speeches delivered on various occasions. The author presents a number of highly interesting Latin texts each accompanied by a historical introduction, a German translation, and an extensive analysis of the rhetorical quality.


Helmut Feld

This present work of nine chapters portrays iconoclastic trends within Western Christianity from the early Middle Ages up to the time of the French Revolution. The primary intent of this work is an explanation of the important iconoclastic movements - their origins and their theoretical foundations and motives. Parallel to this, the book deals with the religious and theological justification of the iconographic cult and of the icon in sacred architecture both in the formal theological teachings of schools and universities and in the arena of popular pietism.
The areas of concentration are: iconographic controversy in the Carolingian Period, iconoclasm in the context of the Cistercian monastery reform, the icon in Franciscan thought, Reformation iconoclasm, the meaning of the icon in Tridentine Catholicism. Included in this is an in-depth interpretation of the religious iconography of numerous images and image cycles, including the principal works of Tintoretto and El Greco.

IV-1 Ordinis quarti tomus primus

Panegyricus ad Philippum Austriae Ducem - Institutio principis Christiani - Lingua


Edited by O. Herding and F. Schalk

This is the first volume in the Amsterdam edition of the Latin texts of Erasmus of Ordo IV which comprises works on moral issues. It presents the panegyric of Philip the Fair, the father of Charles V, and the Education of Princes. Both works equally instruct princes how to behave morally. The third work in this volume treats language and praises the Word of God. The Latin texts are presented in a critical edition, accompanied by introductions and a commentary, elucidating difficult passages, tracing Erasmus’ sources and offering all linguistic, historical, theological and philological information needed to understand the text. The first two works are introduced and commented in German and the third work in French.

Lob der Ištar

Gebet und Ritual an die altbabylonische Venusgöttin



This volume "Praise to Istar" contains three quite distinct Old-Babylonian prayers to the fertility-and-war goddess. Two of these texts, one from the Louvre Museum, the other from the Irak Museum in Bagdad, are edited for the first time. The third is a thorough revision and expansion of the author's 1981 edition of the Agushaya hymn. Although the contents of the texts are considerably different, the three are thematically related and share the same poetic language of Old Babylonian epic hymns. The lengthy text from the Louvre Museum, clearly marked by a transvestite ceremony, and the much shorter Agushaya hymn present detailed descriptions of Ishtar rituals. The third text can be described as a personal lament, which in style and content resembles the Old-Babylonian version of the "Righteous Sufferer".