Prologues to Ancient and Medieval History: A Reader

Edited by Justin Lake

© 2013

The purpose of a prologue in the ancient and medieval world was to define the subject of the work, explain the author's motives and methodology, and obtain the reader's approval of his position. This volume brings together for the first time the most important historical prologues of the European tradition for a period of almost two millennia.

The volume consists of more than 80 historical prologues and prefatory epistles from the fifth century BC to the fourteenth century. Each individual prologue is preceded by a brief introduction that provides basic information and context about the author and his work and directs the reader's attention to important ideas and themes. Taken together, they help to bridge the gap that separates the ancient and medieval world from our own.

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  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
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This volume brings together for the first time the most important historical prologues of the European tradition for a period of almost two millennia.

Prologues to Ancient and Medieval History: A Reader

Edited by Justin Lake

© 2013

The purpose of a prologue in the ancient and medieval world was to define the subject of the work, explain the author's motives and methodology, and obtain the reader's approval of his position. This volume brings together for the first time the most important historical prologues of the European tradition for a period of almost two millennia.

The volume consists of more than 80 historical prologues and prefatory epistles from the fifth century BC to the fourteenth century. Each individual prologue is preceded by a brief introduction that provides basic information and context about the author and his work and directs the reader's attention to important ideas and themes. Taken together, they help to bridge the gap that separates the ancient and medieval world from our own.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    The subject matter and the overarching temporal spread [...] commend this book as a suitable text for teaching. It provides a valuable overview of two thousand years of European interest in its own past.
    Parergon

    This book is a terrific idea. It is cutting edge, given the current discussions about metatexts and paratexts. But most of all, it is useful as a thought-operation. This remarkable collection of the programmatic introductions to most of the major narratives of the Latin and Greek world across two thousand years will be a boon for students of history-writing and a stimulating collection for academics. It will be the best way to understand how the aims of history-writing have changed.
    Chris Wickham, Chichele Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford
  • Author Information

    Justin Lake is an Assistant Professor of Classics in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Chapter One: Antiquity (500 BCE-500 CE)

    1. Hecataeus of Miletus, Genealogies
    2. Herodotus, Histories
    3. Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
    4. Polybius, Histories
    5. Diodorus Siculus, Library
    6. Aulus Hirtius, Preface to Book 8 of Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War
    7. Sallust, Catiline's War
    8. Sallust, The Jugurthine War
    9. Livy, History of Rome
    10. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities
    11. Flavius Josephus, The Jewish War
    12. Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews
    13. Tacitus, Agricola
    14. Tacitus, Histories
    15. Tacitus, Annals
    16. Florus, Epitome of Roman History
    17. Justin, Epitome of the Philippic History of Pompeius Trogus
    18. Herodian, History of the Empire after Marcus
    19. Jerome, Chronicle
    20. Eunapius of Sardis, History after Dexippus
    21. Sulpicius Severus, Life of Saint Martin
    22. Rufinus, Ecclesiastical History
    23. Orosius, Seven Books of History against the Pagans

    Chapter Two: The Early Middle Ages (500-900 CE)

    24. Jordanes, On the Summary of the Eras, and the Origin and Deeds of the Romans (Romana)
    25. Jordanes, On the Origins and Deeds of the Goths (Getica)
    26. Procopius, Wars
    27. Procopius, Secret History
    28. Agathias, Histories
    29. Gildas, On the Destruction and Conquest of Britain
    30. Gregory of Tours, Histories
    31. Fredegar, Chronicle
    32. Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People
    33. Paul the Deacon, Roman History
    34. Einhard, Life of Charlemagne
    35. Frechulf of Lisieux, Chronicle
    36. The Astronomer, Life of Emperor Louis
    37. Nithard, Histories
    38. Agnellus of Ravenna, The Book of the Bishops of the Church of Ravenna
    39. Erchempert, History of the Lombards of Benevento

    Chapter Three: The Central Middle Ages (900-1100)

    40. Regino of Prüm, Chronicle
    41. Odo of Cluny, Life of Saint Gerald of Aurillac
    42. Flodoard, History of the Church of Rheims
    43. Liudprand of Cremona, Antapodosis
    44. Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, The Deeds of Otto
    45. Widukind of Corvey, Saxon History
    46. Heriger of Lobbes, Life of Remaclus/Deeds of the Bishops of Liège
    47. Letaldus of Micy, The Miracles of Saint Maximin
    48. Letaldus of Micy, Life of Saint Julian
    49. Richer of Saint-Rémi, Histories
    50. Aimoin of Fleury, History of the Franks
    51. Dudo of Saint-Quentin, Deeds of the Normans
    52. Adalbold of Utrecht, Life of Emperor Henry II
    53. Raoul Glaber, Histories
    54. Wipo, Life of Emperor Conrad II
    55. William of Jumièges, Deeds of the Norman Dukes
    56. Lampert of Hersfeld, The Book of the Foundation of the Church of Hersfeld
    57. Adam of Bremen, Deeds of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen
    58. Geoffrey Malaterra, On the Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily, and of Duke Robert Guiscard, his Brother

    Chapter Four: The High and Late Middle Ages (1100-1400)

    59. Fulcher of Chartes, History of the Expedition to Jerusalem
    60. Guibert of Nogent, The Deeds of God through the Franks
    61. Hugh of Fleury, Ecclesiastical History
    62. Gallus Anonymus, Chronicles and Deeds of the Dukes and Princes of the Poles
    63. Eadmer, History of Recent Events in England
    64. Cosmas of Prague, Chronicle of the Bohemians
    65. Galbert of Bruges, On the Murder, Betrayal, and Death of the Glorious Count Charles of Flanders
    66. William of Malmesbury, Deeds of the English Kings
    67. Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain
    68. Orderic Vitalis, Ecclesiastical History
    69. Robert of Torigni, Chronicle
    70. Alfred of Beverley, Annals, or History of the Deeds of the Kings of Britain
    71. Otto of Freising, Chronicle, or History of the Two Cities
    72. Otto of Freising and Rahewin, Deeds of Emperor Frederick I
    73. Henry of Huntingdon, History of the English People
    74. John of Salisbury, Memoirs of the Papal Court
    75. Helmold of Bosau, Slavic Chronicle
    76. William of Tyre, Chronicle
    77. Gerald of Wales, The Topography of Ireland
    78. Gerald of Wales, The Journey through Wales
    79. Ralph de Diceto, Abbreviations of Chronicles
    80. William of Newburgh, History of English Affairs
    81. Gervase of Canterbury, Chronicle
    82. Niketas Choniates, History
    83. Saxo Grammaticus, History of the Danes
    84. Roger of Wendover, Flowers of History
    85. Nicholas Trevet, Annals of Six Kings of England
    86. Ranulph Higden, Polychronicon
    87. Anonymous, The Eulogy of Histories
    88. Jean Froissart, Chronicle

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