Old English Orosius
- Old English
Old English adaptation of Orosius’ work Historiae adversus paganos.
- Old English
Possibly, during the reign of King Alfred (871–886), or later. Godden (2012) posits 870 x 930 as a probable window for dating the Old English text.
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.
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The 2011 Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, “Colliding Worlds,” reopened important questions about the history of the rendering in Old English of Paulus Orosius’s Historiarum adversum Paganos Libri Septem. One set of these relates to the presence of a large number of unusual features in the spelling of place names and people names in the manuscripts that have come down to us. Are these spellings the result of dictation, whether of a copy of the Latin original, or of the Old English text? And if so, what, if anything, can be learned about the nationality of the dictator?
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