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Williram Von Ebersberg: Expositio in Cantica Canticorum Und das 'Commentarium in Cantica Canticorum' Haimos Von Auxerre

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Williram Von Ebersberg: Expositio in Cantica Canticorum Und das 'Commentarium in Cantica Canticorum' Haimos Von Auxerre

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Williram von Ebersberg: Expositio in Cantica Canticorum und das 'Commentarium in Cantica Canticorum' Haimos von Auxerre, ed. with a German translation by Henrike Lähnemann and Michael Rupp (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2004). xxxv + 290 pp. ISBN 3-11-017724-2. euro128.00. Williram's Song of Songs compendium consists of the Vulgate text combined with a rendering into Latin leonine hexameters and an extensive paraphrase and commentary in a mixture of late Old High German and Latin. This is the first edition which even begins to do justice to the work as a major piece of writing reflecting the intellectual and religious culture of the eleventh-century monasteries, and is thus very welcome. Like that of R. Schützeichel and B. Meineke, published only three years earlier by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (and which, for most purposes, the present publication supersedes), the new edition presents the text on the basis of an early manuscript (R, whereas Schützeichel and Meineke follow Eb), preserving the authorial three-column layout. Schützeichel and Meineke unaccountably only translate the German text (into German), whereas Lähnemann and Rupp provide a synoptic translation of the whole text ensemble, and at the foot of the page they print a full text of Williram's principal source, the Song of Songs commentary of Haimo of Auxerre (based on Hittorp's edition of 1529, the source of Migne, PL CXVII, with corrections), together with a parallel modern German translation of this work. Williram's text is conveniently sectionalized into numbered versicles, which should now become the standard form of reference, and the reader's attention is focused on the work as an example of early medieval bilingual Bible commentary rather than as an example of the intermediate stage of the language between Old High German and Early Middle High German. …

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