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The Bologna fragments in their historical and theological context

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Brendan Nathanial Wolfe - Speaker

Recently, a Gothic palimpsest was discovered in Bologna in a manuscript of St. Augustine’s De Civitate Dei. The reading of the Gothic text was published by Finazzi & Tornaghi in 2013, an improved reading by Falluomini 2014. It is the most spectacular find of Gothic after the rediscovery of the Codex Argenteus in the sixteenth century. Contrary to the other known manuscripts, the Codex Bononiensis contains a collection of Bible citations from various books of the Old and New Testament. In addition, the text features a narrator who gives us glimpses of Gothic free speech. The Bible citations were evidently put together because of their content but the exact purpose of the text remains to be determined. The Bologna palimpsest raises many new questions for historians of the Goths and early medieval Italy, for linguists studying the Gothic language, for philologists of the Gothic text tradition and the early medieval Bible transmission, for theologians studying the religion of the Goths and early Christianity. The purpose of this workshop is to bring the palimpsest to the attention of a wider scientific audience, and to exchange ideas about the text and its implications for various disciplines.
17 Apr 2015

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