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Bibil Identifier bibil:245368
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Isidore of Seville,
Title (English, Long) On the Nature of Things
Translator Kendall, Calvin B.
Translator Wallis, Faith
Series Translated Texts for Historians (Volume: 66)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 37581
Place 23 "00/07" ISI7 Nat
Publishing house Liverpool University Press
Place Liverpool
ISBN 978-1-78138-294-3
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xiv Pages
313 Pages
height in cm 21
Genre Translation
Notes Translated with introduction, notes and commentary by Calvin B. Kendall and Faith Wallis
Abstract For scholars in the European Middle Ages, Isidore, bishop of Seville (560? — 636) was one of the most influential authorities for understanding the natural world. Isidore’s On the Nature of Things is the first work on natural science by a Christian author that is not a commentary on the creation story in Genesis. Instead, Isidore adopted a classical model to describe the structure of the physical cosmos, and discuss the principles of astronomy, physics, geography, meteorology and time-reckoning. Into this framework he incorporated an eclectic array of ancient and patristic erudition. The fact that On the Nature of Things presents an essentially Greco-Roman picture of the universe, but amplified with Christian reflections and allegories, played a crucial role in the assimilation of ancient science into the emerging culture of the Middle Ages. It exerted a deep and long-lasting influence on scholars like Bede, one of whose earliest works was an adaptation of On the Nature of Things.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Isidore of Seville
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : World View / Cosmology
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