(Liber) de mensura orbis terrae

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Treatise in nine chapters on the geography of the earth, written by the continental Irish scholar Dícuil, who completed it in 825.
(fl. c. 795–825)
Irishman who joined the scholarly community of Charlemagne’s court

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completed in 825 (Contreni)
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Tierney, J. J. [ed.], and Ludwig Bieler, Dicuili Liber de mensura orbis terrae, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
CELT – translation (pp. 45-103): <link>
[ed.] Parthey, Gustavo [ed.], Dicuili Liber de mensura orbis terrae, Berolini: Nicolai, 1870.
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Bermann, Werner, “Dicuils De mensura orbis terrae”, in: Paul Leo Butzer, and Dietrich Lohrmann (eds), Science in western and eastern civilization in Carolingian times, Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 1993. 527–537.
Contreni, John J., “Dícuil (fl. c.795–825)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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