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TMSS: Francis Newton (Emeritus, Duke/Classics)
December 4, 2012 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar
“In Praise of Scribes: Cassiodorus’ Prose Tribute to Scriptores (Vivarium, saec. VI), and Eadui’s Verse and Painted Tribute to Them in his Gospel Book(Canterbury, saec. XI in.)”
Newton has recently been working on the colophons in some Insular manuscripts, such as the “Lindisfarne Gospels.” The latest study in the series concerns the Eadui Gospels (Hannover, Kestner Museum WM XXIa, 36), a Canterbury manuscript of the early eleventh century. In addition to a new reading of the scribe Eadui’s colophon, the paper aims to tie that colophon to the program of painting throughout, and to a passage from Cassiodorus, the famous passage in praise of scribes (Institutiones I 30). The Cassiodorus passage, when correctly translated and interpreted, throws new light on the Eadui program of miniatures; C. Karkov has said of Eadui’s book and its miniatures, “There is surely no more subtle and masterful depiction of the power of words or [of] scribes surviving from the Early Middle Ages.”
A collaborative effort between Duke, North Carolina State, and UNC-Chapel Hill, the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar (TMSS) offers a humanities-based, interdisciplinary forum for the study of history, art history, religious studies, literature, music, women’s studies and more ca. 500–1500, focusing on Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world along with other regions. The seminar invites local and visiting scholars to present their written work as the basis for a rigorous discussion of current trends, topics, and problems in the field of medieval studies. To add your name to the TMSS listserv, please contact: Sandi Payne Greene Sandra_Greene@unc.edu.