Seven Books of History Against the Pagans

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Liverpool University Press, 2010 - History - 456 pages
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This book is a new annotated translation of Orosius's Seven Books of History against the Pagans. Orosius's History, which begins with the creation and continues to his own day, was an immensely popular and standard work of reference on antiquity throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. Its importance lay in the fact that Orosius was the first Christian author to write not a church history, but rather a history of the secular world interpreted from a Christian perspective. This approach gave new relevance to Roman history in the medieval period and allowed Rome's past to become a valued part of the medieval intellectual world.

The structure of history and methodology deployed by Orosius formed the dominant template for the writing of history in the medieval period, being followed, for example, by such writers as Otto of Freising and Ranulph Higden. Orosius's work is therefore crucial for an understanding of early Christian approaches to history, the development of universal history, and the intellectual life of the Middle Ages, for which it was both an important reference work and also a defining model for the writing of history.
  

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Contents

LUP_Orosius_01_Intro
1
LUP_Orosius_02_Book1
31
LUP_Orosius_03_Book2
73
LUP_Orosius_04_Book3
109
LUP_Orosius_05_Book4
154
LUP_Orosius_06_Book5
206
LUP_Orosius_07_Book6
261
LUP_Orosius_08_Book7
318
LUP_Orosius_09_Biblio
415
LUP_Orosius_10_Index
432
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Dr Andrew Fear is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Manchester.

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