Hrabanus Maurus, The Invention of Languages


The so-called De inventione linguarum (The Invention of Languages) presents the Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and runic alphabets as well as a brief explanation of each language’s origins. The work is attributed to the scholar and Archbishop of Mainz, Hrabanus Maurus (b. c. 780, d. 856).

This copy was produced in the 10th century in the Abbey of Saint Martial, Limoges. The manuscript is a compilation of scientific and computational materials, including extracts from the Etymologies by Isidore of Seville (b. c. 560, d. 636) and Bede’s (b. c. 673, d. 735) De temporum ratione (The Reckoning of Time).

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

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Hrabanus Maurus, The Invention of Languages
10th century, Limoges
Latin / Greek
Hrabanus Maurus
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