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"It...is a work of reference which will appeal to a wide range of medievalists as well as classicists, especially those interested in medieval and Roman science and knowledge. The book is described as a "highly readable translation," which it certainly is, and also a "complete English translation" of the original work (p. i). " - H-NET, Keith Lilley, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast

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This book provides a complete English translation - together with introduction and notes - of the Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, the main encyclopedic resource in the Middle Ages. This highly-readable translation of the text is essential reading for the medievalist, linguist or student of the history of Western thought.

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i. Discipline and art (De disciplina et arte) 1. A discipline (disciplina) takes its name from 'learning' (discere), whence it can also be called 'knowledge' (scientia). Read the first page
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lovely translation of THE encyclopedia! Dec 4 2010
By Steven P Rozenski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For a thousand years, this book by Isidore of Seville quite simple was THE reference book for any educated person. Having this in English translation was treasure enough, but now to see it in an affordable paperback is even more thrilling! An excellent read, absolutely vital for understanding what a medieval thinker may have thought about just about any given subject.
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A great little edition Sept. 27 2011
By mrgah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To second the previous reviewer, this is a great little translation of Isidore of Seville's Etymologies at a reasonable price. There are editions of Isidore that give more commentary (the ongoing Belles Lettres edition in particular), but this translation is a gem, providing Isidore's entire work with a scholarly translation. Furthermore, the translation helpfully gives Latin equivalents for the terms Isidore is defining or etymologizing, and is furnished with several helpful indices (a General Index, an Index of Greek Words, and an Index of Sources).


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