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Inhaltsangabe: This book is a new annotated translation of Orosius's Seven Books of History against the Pagans. Orosius's History, which begins with the creation and continues to his own day, was an immensely popular and standard work of reference on antiquity throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. Its importance lay in the fact that Orosius was the first Christian author to write not a church history, but rather a history of the secular world interpreted from a Christian perspective. This approach gave new relevance to Roman history in the medieval period and allowed Rome's past to become a valued part of the medieval intellectual world.

The structure of history and methodology deployed by Orosius formed the dominant template for the writing of history in the medieval period, being followed, for example, by such writers as Otto of Freising and Ranulph Higden. Orosius's work is therefore crucial for an understanding of early Christian approaches to history, the development of universal history, and the intellectual life of the Middle Ages, for which it was both an important reference work and also a defining model for the writing of history.

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Dr Andrew Fear is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Manchester.

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Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Antiquarian. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2010. VIII,456p. Paperback. Spine discoloured. Initials stamp, date and personal library stamp on free endpaper. Else fine. 'This work fulfils its aim to make an ancient text, Orosius' 'Historiarum Adversum Paganos Libri VII', available to an audience of English-reading historians. Its justification is that it is an improvement on the 1936 translation of I.W. Raymond. (.) The translation is reliable, and the copious notes are conveniently placed below the text. There is a brief introduction; the bibliography and index are comprehensive. While F.'s notes necessarily include many found in Raymond's translation, the number and quality are augmented. The notes may be generally divided into five categories: (1) those which supply pertinent information relating to the text (.); (2) places where Orosius departs from or redacts his source material; (3) occasions where Orosius has seemingly misunderstood his source material; (4) instances of reception of major patristic authors (.); and (5) biblical references. The most helpful of these are F.'s identification of names and dates, and his analyses of points of departure versus a simple misunderstanding of source material. His thorough scholarship is exhibited in his ability to differentiate between the latter two (.). The introduction is adequate. It would have benefited from relating the title of the work (.) to Orosius' methodology and anticipated audience. (.) Though useful, the Introduction is sloppily written, and there are numerous syntactical infelicities and typographical errors. (.) The detailed synopsis of the entire work, prefacing Orosius' text, is accurate and helpful.' (MICHAEL C. SLOAN in The Classical Review (New Series), 2011, pp.490-491). Antiquarian. Artikel-Nr. 50199

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