Herren, Michael W., Iohannis Scotti Eriugenae carmina, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 12, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, DIAS, 1993.

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Iohannis Scotti Eriugenae carmina
School of Celtic Studies, DIAS
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Herren, Michael W., Andrew Dunning, Chiara Ombretta Tommasi, and Giovanni Mandolino, Iohannes Scottus Eriugena: Carmina; De imagine, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis, 167, Turnhout: Brepols, 2020.  
A new edition of Eriugena’s poems, first published by Michael Herren in 1993 and now revised by Herren and Andrew Dunning; together with a new edition of De imagine by C. O. Tommasi and G. Mandolino.

John Scottus Eriugena’s Carmina reflect not only his central philosophical and theological ideas, but also his literary education and his life at the court of Charles the Bald. This corpus of Eriugena’s poetry includes recent discoveries of new items. Works laid under contribution by the poet have also been expanded.

De Imagine represents the Latin translation of Gregory of Nyssa’s treatise on the creation of man (De opificio hominis), a text that had already attracted the attention of Dionysius Exiguus in the sixth century. Probably a juvenile work, it witnesses to Eriugena’s interests for translating Greek texts and in this respect can be paralleled to major texts like the translation of Maximus the Confessor and of Dionysius the Areopagite. Moreover, large portions of the text were paraphrased or directly employed in the Periphyseon and, later on, were used by William of St Thierry in his De natura corporis et animae.

This new critical edition is based on the collation of the two extant manuscripts, compared against the Greek text, and is accompanied by a source apparatus that also highlights the reprises in Periphyseon and the parallel passages in De natura corporis. The introduction outlines the contents of the work, situating De imagine in Eriugena’s speculation, and offers a thorough reconstruction of the manuscript tradition, which also includes the thorny question of the Greek exemplar employed by Eriugena.

Traube, Ludwig, Poetae Latini aevi Carolini, vol. 3, MGH Antiquitates, Berlin: Weidmann, 1896. <link>
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John Scottus EriugenaJohn Scottus Eriugena
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Irish scholar and theologian who had been active as a teacher at the palace school of Charles the Bald.
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