E 891 dl: Medieval Latin Authors



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WEEK 7: Avitus
4 March


Transition of the narrative of the Bible, especially in the Gaulish and Germanic lands. Consider the changed emphasis in Avitus, If you like, compare to the Heliand, the Anglo-Saxon Genesis, and Carolingian poets as described in Raby. What are the main themes? Do the interests of Ildefonsus of Toledo and Isidore of Seville show themselves here? Consider specifically the role of Eve in the Fall.

What role did the reform of literary culture play in these new interpretations of Scripture? How did authors ensure orthodoxy while bringing the Word of God into conformity with aesthetic expectations? In other words, how did they imagine Truth and Beauty to coincide?

Bibliography for figura paper.


Isidore of Seville.

Lindisfarne gospel page

Roger P. H. Green, Latin Epics of the New Testament (Oxford, 2006).


1) Avitus, ed. Shea (text begins on p. 71). LATIN text free at MGH; text begins at p. 201.

2) Raby, pp. 120-201.