Herren, Michael W., “Sedulius Scottus and the knowledge of Greek”, in: Pádraic Moran, and Immo Warntjes (eds), Early medieval Ireland and Europe: chronology, contacts, scholarship. A Festschrift for Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, 14, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 515–535.

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“Sedulius Scottus and the knowledge of Greek”
Abstract (cited)
This article examines the evidence for Sedulius Scottus’ knowledge of the Greek language and evaluates it in comparison to that possessed by his contemporary, John Scottus. The following categories are assessed: (1) the use of Greek in Latin poetry; (2) skill as a scribe of the Greek Psalter and as glossator of the Sibylline Oracles preserved in Paris, Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal, 8407; (3) the glossing of Greek grammatical and rhetorical terms in his commentary on Priscian’s Institutiones grammaticae. The results of the investigation do not support the claim frequently made that Sedulius played a role in the interlinear translation of 9th-century Irish manuscripts of the Greek Gospels, the Psalter, and Epistles of Paul.
Subjects and topics
multilingualism and language contact
History, society and culture
Sedulius ScottusSedulius Scottus
(fl. 9th century)
Irish scriptural scholar, teacher, grammarian and poet who made a career in Francia and became a leading intellectual figure at the court of Charles the Bald.
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