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Stephen Barney
Unknown institution

Edition of the Distinctiones Able of Pet er the Chanter

To edit the Distinctiones Abel, a twelfth-century Latin dictionary of Biblical allegories. Over 60 manuscripts exist, but only a few fragments have been printed in modern times. A complete, edition will be useful to modern scholars in need of a guide to commonplace medieval symbols, just as medieval scholars wanted such a guide. But the Abel will also interest intellectual historians and offers insights into the medieval mind; the allegorical method, with peculiar patterns of interpretation, language and arrangement, is an important index of the mentality of the Middle Ages.

Project fields:


Research Programs

Total amounts:
$46,681 (approved)
$46,681 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/15/1979 – 1/14/1981