Towards the Cultural History of the Twelfth-Century Translation Movement


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships


Medieval Institute


Scientific and medical translations represent a major cultural phenomenon in Europe's long twelfth century. In many studies translators are abstracted from their immediate intellectual, social, and cultural contexts. This dissertation seeks to envision translators in their particular contexts and in the round, not merely as part of a broader, pan-European movement. In three case studies, this project considers translators in depth, including the manuscript tradition of their texts and their relation to their Greek and Arabic source texts. The consideration of these translators up close ultimately suggests that medical and scientific thought deserve a more prominent place in the intellectual history of the long twelfth century.