Liber de ordine creaturarum

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Anonymous Hiberno-Latin treatise
Chapters: 1. De fide trinitatis; 2. De creatura spirituali; 3. De aquis quae super firmamento sunt; 4. De firmamento coeli; 5. De sole et luna; 6. De spatio superiore et paradiso coeli; 7. De spatio inferiori et hemisphaeriis diversis; 8. De diabolo et natura daemoniorum; 9. De natura aquarum et cursu Oceani; 10. De paradiso; 11. De situ orbis terrarum quem inhabitat genus humanum; 12. De natura hominum post peccatum; 13. De diversitate peccantium, et loco poenarum; 14. De igne purgatorio; 15. De futura vita.
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Ascribed to: Isidore of Seville
Isidore of Seville
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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See Marina Smyth, ‘The seventh-century Hiberno-Latin treatise Liber de ordine creaturarum. A translation’, Journal of Medieval Latin 21 (2011). Incl.

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, MS F iii 15b
ff. 1–19
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 9561
ff. 1–14
Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS lat. 3848B
ff. 64v–65v
Ch. 1 only.
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, MS B. V 18
ff. 78–101
Bern, Burgerbibliothek, MS 178
ff. 90–108
Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, MS lat. 2183
ff. 49–63
Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, MS Gaddianus lat. 89. Sup. 31
ff. 1–15
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 63 D
ff. 127–156
Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 423
ff. 74–91
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“second half of the seventh century” (Smyth)


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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.] Díaz y Díaz, Manuel C., Liber de ordine creaturarum: un anónimo irlandés del siglo VII. Estudio y edición crítica, Monografías de la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 10, Santiago de Compostela: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 1972.
[ed.] Migne, Jacques-Paul [gen. ed.] (ed.), Sancti Isidori Hispalensis episcopi, opera omnia, vol. 5, Patrologia Latina, 83, Paris, 1862.
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[tr.] Smyth, Marina, “The seventh-century Hiberno-Latin treatise Liber de ordine creaturarum. A translation”, Journal of Medieval Latin 21 (2011): 137–222.  
This article consists of both an introduction to, and a translation of the Liber de ordine creaturarum, an anonymous treatise written in Ireland in the second half of the seventh century. After summarizing the theological and cosmological content of the treatise, the introduction examines the date, the early manuscripts, the linguistic features and other elements in the text pointing towards an Irish environment. The reception of the Liber de ordine creaturarum is also traced: its influence was particularly strong in Anglo-Saxon England, but early Irish and Anglo-Saxon missionary activity and the mistaken attribution to Isidore of Seville ensured that the treatise spread throughout most of medieval Europe.
(source: Brepols)

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Smyth, Marina, “The date and origin of Liber de ordine creaturarum”, Peritia 17–18 (2003–2004): 1–39.
Dennis Groenewegen
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