From serious belief to sarcastic amusement: proverbs from ancient Greece in one of the oldest German-language rhyming books

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren

Limburg (Germany) — Last quarter of the 14th century

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren

Limburg (Germany) — Last quarter of the 14th century

  1. One of the oldest and most extensive rhymed books to be completely written in German

  2. The sayings from ancient Greece were translated from Arabic into Latin before being translated into German

  3. The tone of the questions and answers swing between serious belief and sneering amusement

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

Rhymed books in the Middle Ages often contained a curious combination of texts for both moral edification and simple entertainment. The Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren is among the oldest and most extensive of this genre. It is a collection of sayings from ancient Greece that were translated from Arabic into Latin. This book is part of a wave of interest in translating Arabic texts that began in the 12th century and lasted for centuries.

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren

This volume belongs among the oldest and most extensive rhymed books to be completely written in German and is a collection of sayings representing moral exhortations or sociable entertainment. The collection of sayings that were in use in ancient Greece and were associated with solemn rites are a starting point in the book.

Part of a Wave of Arabic Translations

The translation of many Arabic works into Latin in the 12th Century awakened an interest in further exploration of the sayings in the West. In early 14th century Germany, further analysis of the sayings was being undertaken. This volume falls into this transitional period. The formulation of the questions and answers swing between serious belief on the one hand and sneering amusement on the other.

Codicology

Size / Format
46 pages / 29.5 x 20.0 cm
Date
Last quarter of the 14th century
Style
Gothic
Language
Illustrations
2 full-page miniatures, all the other pages with small ornamental bands
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1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren“

Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren – Cod. Vindob. S. N. 2652 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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Losbuch in deutschen Reimpaaren

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1972
Binding
Leather, according to the original.
Commentary
1 volume (34 pages) by W. Abraham
Language: German

Scholarly introduction by W. Abraham, Groningen. 34 pp. text. 2 colour plates.
More Information
All folios are cut according to the original.
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