Imago mundi ‘Image of the world’

Honorius Augustodunensis
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Honorius Augustodunensis
Honorius Augustodunensis
(fl. 1098–1140)
Honorius Augustodunensis is a medieval theologian and author, active between ca. 1190 and ca. 1140. He is also referred to as Honorius Inclusus or Honorius of Autun. He has written several works, including the Speculum ecclesiae, the Elucidarium, and the Imago mundi. Two of his works (the Elucidarium and the Imago mundi) have been translated into Middle Welsh.

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Related: Delw y bydDelw y byd

Delw y byd is a Middle Welsh translation of Book 1 of the medieval Latin encyclopedia Imago mundi, written by Honorius Augustodunensis.



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.] Flint, Valerie I. J., “Honorius Agustodunensis: imago mundi”, Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Age 49 (1982): 7–153.
An edition of the 1139 version of the text, based chiefly on Munich Clm 536 and ; with variants from select representatives of other versions in the footnotes.
[ed.] Migne, Jacques-Paul (ed.), Saeculum XII, Honorii Augustodunensis opera omnia, ex codicibus mss. et editis nunc primum in unum collecta, Patrologia Latina, 172, Paris, 1895.
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cols 115–188 [‘De imagine munid libri tres (Bibliotheca veterum Patrum edit. Lugdun., tom. XX, page. 984)’] A reproduction of Schott’s edition.
[ed.] Schott, Andreas, “Honorii Augustodunensis presbyteri opera philosophica ac theologica, quae reperiri potuerunt, omnia”, in: Marguerin de La Bigne, and Ph. Despont (eds), Maxima bibliotheca veterum Patrum antiquorumque scriptorum ecclesiasticorum, vol. 20, Lyon, 1677. 963–1237.
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963–995 Editio princeps.

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Petrovskaia, Natalia, and Kiki Calis, Images of the world: manuscript database of the imago mundi tradition, Online, ...–present. URL: <>. 

The “Images of the World” Manuscripts Database of the Imago Mundi Tradition is part of the 3-year research project Defining ‘Europe’ in Medieval European Geographical Discourse: the Image of the World and its Legacy, 1110-1500, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme VENI. The project commenced on February 1, 2017, at The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University.

The database includes over 350 manuscripts containing the Imago Mundi of Honorius Augustodunensis and its vernacular adaptations. Manuscripts containing fragments, extracts, and extensive quotations in compilations are also included. Vernacular texts loosely based on the Imago mundi, as well as texts that constitute translations in the conventional sense of the word are included in the database. (For a full list of texts currently included, see below).

The database is intended both a tool for researchers interested in the Imago Mundi tradition and a way of presenting the results of the Defining Europe project. One of the goals of the project is to establish how the medieval geographical definition of Europe as found in the Imago Mundi spread in the period 1110-1500. The dissemination of Honorius’s text through Europe is thus a central interest of the database. The manuscript catalogue presented in the database is thus complemented by an interactive map, permitting the user to track the historical locations of individual manuscripts (where known).

MIRABILE, Online: Studio del Medioevo Latino, 2009–present. URL: <>. 
MIRABILE è un knowledge management system per lo studio e la ricerca sulla cultura medievale promosso dalla Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino e dalla Fondazione Ezio Franceschini ONLUS di Firenze.
Petrovskaia, Natalia I., “Mythologizing the conceptual landscape: religion and history in Imago mundi, Image du monde, and Delw y byd”, in: Matthias Egeler (ed.), Landscape and myth in northwestern Europe, 2, Turnhout: Brepols, 2019. 195–211.
Parker Library on the Web: manuscripts in the historic Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Online: Stanford Libraries, 2009–present. URL: <>.
Contains digital imagery for Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 66 (which contains Imago mundi) and a list with publications related to Honorius Augustodunensis and Imago mundi. direct link
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February 2022, last updated: June 2022