LJMedB06 Medieval Encyclopedias

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2010
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Dana Stehlíková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Mon 15:00–16:35 A41 stara
Prerequisites (in Czech)
LJBcA04zk Exam in Latin Grammar
důkladná znalost latinského jazyka v rozsahu státní bakalářské zkoušky, samotné složení bakalářské zkoušky není podmínkou pro zapsání do semináře
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to: explain the most important moments in the development of encyclopedism since late antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages; describe the various approaches of the authors to the process of creation of a new encyclopaedia; compare different ways of classification of the material in the most important encyclopaedias of the late antiquity and Middle Ages; evaluate independently the advantages and disadvantages of these priciples with respect to the target reader.
  • General characteristics of the encyclopaedias of the Antiquity and Middle Ages.
  • The encyclopaedias of the ancient world (Plinius the Elder; Martianus Capella; Cassiodorus).
  • The encyclopaedias of the Early Middle Ages (Isidor of Sevilla; Hrabanus Maurus).
  • Transformations in the development of the genre in the 12th century (Honorius Augustodunensis; Hugo a Sancto Victore).
  • Relationship between medieval encyclopaedias and glossars (Papias; Hugutio z Pisy; Johannes Balbus).
  • The golden age of encyclopaedias (Alexander Neckam; Arnoldus Saxo; Bartholomeus Anglicus; Thomas de Cantimpré; Vincentius Bellovacensis).
  • Practical aids for the orientation in medieval encyclopaedias (capitulatio, the alphabetical order, indexes).
  • MEIER, Christel. Die Enzyklopädie im Wandel vom Hochmittelalter bis zur frühen Neuzeit. München: W. Fink, 2002. info
  • BRUNHÖLZL, Franz. Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters II. München: W. Fink, 1992. info
  • KELLER, Hagen and Klaus GRUBMÜLLER. Pragmatische Schriftlichkeit im Mittelalter. Erscheinungen und Entwicklungsstufen. München: W. Fink, 1992. info
  • MEYER, Heinz. Ordo rerum und Registerhilfen in mittelalterlichen Enzyklopädiehandschriften. Frühmittelalterliche Studien : Jahrbuch des Instituts für Frühmittelalterforschung der Universität Münster. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1991, vol. 25, p. 315-339. ISSN 0071-9706. info
  • HÜNEMÖRDER, Christian. Antike und mittelalterliche Enzyklopädien und die Popularisierung naturkundlichen Wissens. Sudhoffs Archiv für Geschichte der Medizin. 1981, vol. 65, p. 339-365. info
  • BRUNHÖLZL, Franz. Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters I. München: W. Fink, 1975. info
Teaching methods
One 2-hour seminar per week, reading, class discussion.
Assessment methods
Colloquium (20 min) - the student demonstrates basic orientation in the subject and translates a short piece of text from latin to Czech. Regular attendance (min. 75%) is also required, as well as active participation in the class discussions.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 0.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2024.
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