When we think of books, we tend to see them as repositories of texts that can be read, line by line and page by page. However, an important category of books from the early medieval Latin West do not have these basic properties. What was their purpose and why do we see their boom in the ninth century? Is it sufficient to see them as primitive dictionaries or are they something more sophisticated?
Dr. Evina Steinova is an affiliated researcher at the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (The Hague). Her main area of research is the history of Latin texts.
This talk, in English, is presented by the Early Romance Studies Research Cluster.