De natura rerum

Isidore of Seville
  • Latin
  • prose
  • Non-Celtic texts
Work on nature and astronomy written by Isidore, archbishop of Seville (d. 636) and dedicated by him to the Visigothic king Sisebut in c. 612/613.
Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
Isidorus Hispalensis
Archbishop of Sevilla (Visigothic Spain), theologian, scholar and highly influential author, who is known especially for works such as his Etymologiae, Synonyma, De natura rerum, De ortu et obitu patrum, De officiis ecclesiasticis and a Chronica maiora.
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Manuscripts of insular or Breton interest include:

  • Latin
early 7th century
(Visigothic) Spain
prose (primary)


Non-Celtic textsNon-Celtic texts



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.] Fontaine, Jacques, Isidore de Séville: Traité de la nature; suivi de l’Épître en vers du roi Sisebut à Isidore, Bibliothèque de l’École des Hautes Études Hispaniques, 28, Bordeaux: Féret, 1960.
[ed.] Becker, Gustav, De Isidori Hispalensis de natura rerum libro, Berlin: Weidmann, 1857.  
comments: Reprinted: Amsterdam: Verlag Adolf M. Hakkert, 1967
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Secondary sources (select)

Bischoff, Bernhard, “Die europäische Verbreitung der Werke Isidors von Sevilla”, in: Manuel C. Díaz y Díaz (ed.), Isidoriana: Colección de estudios sobre Isidoro de Sevilla, León: Centro de Estudios San Isidoro, 1961. 317–344.
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