This module introduces you to the study of classical and biblical texts in Anglo-Saxon England and to the response of native writers to that tradition. The great cultural inheritance of the Roman world, in its pagan and later Christian forms, enraptured but also entrapped those, like the English, who neither spoke Latin nor used the Latin alphabet. Attempts to negotiate this gulf are exemplified in the early scholarship of the English, who went through stages of emulation, mediation, and finally translation in order to master and to own the Roman inheritance.
1 x two-hour seminar weekly
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