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Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #25: The Well-Laden Ship

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The Well-Laden Ship (Fecunda ratis) is an early eleventh-century Latin poem composed of ancient and medieval proverbs, fables, and folktales. Compiled by Egbert of Liège, it was planned as a first reader for beginning students. This makes it one of the few surviving works from the Middle Ages written explicitly for schoolroom use. Most of the content derives from the Bible, especially the wisdom books, from the Church Fathers, and from the ancient poets, notably Vergil, Juvenal, and Horace; but, remarkably, Egbert also included Latin versions of much folklore from the spoken languages. It features early forms of nursery rhymes (for example, "Jack Sprat"), folktales (for instance, various tales connected with Reynard the Fox), and even fairytales (notably "Little Red Riding Hood"). The poem also contains medieval versions of many still popular sayings, such as "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," "When the cat's away, the mice will play," and "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." The Well-Laden Ship, which survives in a single medieval manuscript, has been edited previously only once (in 1889) and has never been translated. It will fascinate anyone interested in proverbial wisdom, folklore, medieval education, or medieval poetry.

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The Well-Laden Ship is an eleventh-century Latin poem composed of ancient and medieval proverbs, fables, and folktales. It was one of the few surviving works from the Middle Ages written explicitly for schoolroom use. Most of the content derives from the Bible, especially the wisdom books, from the Church Fathers, and from the ancient poets.

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Robert Gary Babcock is Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674051270
Author:
Egbert
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Babcock, Robert Gary
Author:
ge
Author:
egrave
Author:
Egbert Of Li
Author:
&
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series Volume:
25
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Latin » Texts
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , The Well-Laden Ship is an eleventh-century Latin poem composed of ancient and medieval proverbs, fables, and folktales. It was one of the few surviving works from the Middle Ages written explicitly for schoolroom use. Most of the content derives from the Bible, especially the wisdom books, from the Church Fathers, and from the ancient poets.
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