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Edited by Ralph Keen

This tract, a defence of the faith of the English people, was originally published in 1526. The present new text-edition has a parallel English translation. It is preceded by an Introduction and followed by a Commentary, two Appendices and an Index.


Edited by Aafke M.I. van Oppenraaij

Aristotle's De Animalibus has been a very important source of zoological knowledge both for the ancient Greeks and for the medieval Arabs and Europeans. The work has twice been translated into Latin, once direct from the Greek by William of Moerbeke and once by Michael Scot from an existing Arabic translation. Of these, Scot's translation is the oldest. The De Animalibus is composed of three sections: 'History of Animals' (10 books), 'Parts of Animals' (4 books) and 'Generation of Animals' (5 books). The present volume contains the first critical edition of Scot's translation of the second section. The edition of the third section is already available (1992), the first section is in preparation.


Edited by Haijo Jan Westra

This critical edition presents the only complete, later medieval Latin commentary on the first two books of Martianus Capella's influential handbook of the Seven Liberal Arts. Using his allegorical interpretation of the programmatic marriage of Mercury (eloquence) and Philology (learning) as a speculative, proto-scientific method of inquiry, the commentator provides encyclopedic coverage of medieval philosophy, theology, science, myth, language, literature and education. Intellectually the author is still connected with early scholasticism and the “School of Chartres,” being more sympathetic to Neoplatonism than to the newly arrived Aristotelianism. He is particularly interested in the role of good works which he sees revealed sub integumento in the function of Iuno in the Capitoline trinity. The commentary seems to have been designed with a reading audience and a reference in mind. The present edition has been keyed to Dick's as well as Willis' editions of Martianus Capella.



The Christian monumental historic-heroic epic Davidiad is the masterpiece of the prolific Croat Humanist Marko Marulić (Marcus Marulus, 1450-1524). The poem, comprising 6765 Latin hexameters, and divided into 14 books, was never published, and eventually even thought to be lost. Marulić's autograph resurfaced in the Biblioteca Nazionale of Turin, although it had been heavily damaged during the huge fire in January 1904. For the present edition the author has collated the original manuscript in Turin, made additional corrections, adopting the suggestions of Veljko Gortan, and reduced his first edition (1957, Mérida) to an absolutely necessary minimum. He has also enclosed a brief Vita Maruli, written by Marulić's contemporary Latin poet of Split, Franjo Božičević (Franciscus Natalis, 1469-1542).


Edited by Unterkircher

This work is a description by the priest Hugh of Liège of his experiences on a pilgrimage in a work which he calls Peregrinarius Hugonis. Taken partly from real life and partly fantasized, it is entirely written in Latin couplets.
The final destination of this pilgrimage is never mentioned, but it might have been Rome. On his journey, the Muses appear to Hugh and demand that he write letters to the Kings of England and France, and to the Pope. The letters lead to a grand Peace Conference and an end to the 100-Years War which had recently begun (1342). The work contains countless cameos, interspersed between the letters, from the author's private life and fantasy world, and together they present the author with the chance to air all his knowledge of theology, natural science and medicine.
The Peregrinarius is a colourful representation of the manners of its time. It shows how power politics was viewed by a man of the people, and what cures he had to offer against its evils. All in all, an entertaining book in a Latin, which if not exactly classical, is any event well-composed and easy to follow.

Aristoteles Latinus

1-5. Categoriae vel Praedicamenta


Edited by Minio-Paluello

Among the monumental projects taken up by classicists and medievalists in this century, the editions of the Greco-Latin versions of Aristotle collected in the series Aristoteles Latinus best display the great advances that have been made in editorial thoroughness and subtlety. The volumes confine themselves to presenting the texts, together with a discussion of their history and the history of earlier textual scholarship. The editions are models of clarity, availability and utility. After a gap of several years we are pleased to announce that this volume is now available again in reprint.
Aristotle's treatise on the most fundamental concepts of the human mind, called Categories or Predicaments, has been a basic textbook for Mediaeval philosophers and theologians. Boethius is the author of the oldest Latin translation known to us. However, from the end of the fourth century, there existed a Latin paraphrase of this text, due to a pupil of Themistius, but attributed to Augustin. A composite text, containing some elements of the Boethian version, circulated from the beginning of the ninth century.
All these texts were edited by L. Minio-Paluello, together with the translation of the complete text and the short lemma's of the Aristotelian treatise found in the copies of Moerbeke's version of Simplicius' commentary on the Categories. The preface to the edition unfolds and clarifies the complex situation of the manuscript tradition and tries to identify each of its components. The indexes include a Greek-Latin and Latin-Greek lexicon of the translations, as well as indexes of the Latin and the Greek words ocuurring in the Pseudo-Augustinian paraphrase.
The reprint of this standard edition of the Aristoteles Latinus, published in 1961, will be welcomed by scholars devoted to the history of Mediaeval logic and philosophy.


Margarethe Billerbeck and Mario Somazzi

The transmission of the Seneca tragedies first became an object of critical discussion by the Italian humanists and has continued to occupy scholars to the present day. Besides a brief account of the critical work of Jodocus Badius (Ascensiana 1514) and of Girolamo Avanzi (Aldina 1517) the repertory lists systematically the conjectures recorded since M.A. Delrio (Second ed., 1619) down to the year 2007 and arranges them in the context of the critical discussion of the text. Conceived in the first instance as a work of reference for future editors, commentators and critical readers of the tragedies, the repertory is also a mirror of the critical acumen as well as the vagaries in the long tradition of Latin textual criticism.

Die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der Überlieferung der Seneca-Tragödien beginnt im humanistischen Italien und wird seither intensiv betrieben; entsprechend zahlreich sind die Eingriffe und Vorschläge, welche zum besseren Verständnis des überlieferten Textes vorgetragen worden sind. Neben einem Einblick in die kritische Arbeit von Jodocus Badius (Ascensiana 1514) und von Girolamo Avanzi (Aldina 1517) verzeichnet das Repertorium systematisch die seit M.A. Delrio (2. Ausg. 1619) bis zum Jahre 2007 erfassten Konjekturen und ordnet sie unter jeweiliger Angabe des Fundortes in die textkritische Diskussion ein. Das Repertorium ist in erster Linie als Nachschlagewerk für künftige Herausgeber und Kommentatoren der Seneca-Tragödien gedacht. Als Spiegel von Scharfsinn und Irrungen in der Konjekturalkritik leistet es zudem einen Beitrag zur traditionsreichen Geschichte der lateinischen Philologie.


Edited by Aza Goudriaan

This volume presents early criticisms of Descartes’ philosophy by Dutch Reformed theologian Jacobus Revius (1586-1658).
The book offers the Latin texts—originally printed in 1647—of five theological disputations held at the States College in Leiden, and of Revius’ work Methodi cartesianae consideratio theologica. The texts are preceded by an introduction. Earlier references to Descartes in Revius’ Suarez repurgatus (1643/4) are appended.
This edition makes available theological texts of a remarkable quality. Documenting his argument carefully from various writings of Descartes, Revius seeks especially to indicate where Cartesian philosophy is not consonant with Christian (Reformed) religion or where it is inconsistent. Various indexes enhance the usefulness of the edition.