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"Just as fragments are part of a vessel": a translation into medieval Occitan of the life of Alexander the Great

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Leglu, C. (2014) "Just as fragments are part of a vessel": a translation into medieval Occitan of the life of Alexander the Great. Florilegium: Journal of the Canadian Society of Medievalists/Société canadienne des médiévistes, 31. pp. 55-76. ISSN 2369-7180

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3138/flor.31.03

Abstract/Summary

This article examines a 14th-c. translation into Old Occitan prose of a late-antique life of Alexander the Great: Justin’s Epitome of the 'Historia Philippicae' of Pompeius Trogus. The article argues that it is the work of translators whose knowledge of pagan Latin materials was incomplete and whose use of their native tongue rested on non-literary bases. This text has not been edited before, and examining its uneven treatment of its source provides important new insights into the work of translators in the later Middle Ages. In conclusion, the article suggests some new approaches to the understanding of translation as a process of reconstruction and adaptation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > French
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Minority Identities
ID Code:37987
Additional Information:Florilegium are the owner of the copyright to the published version.
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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