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Analysis Of The Paraphrased Version Of The Historia Romana (= Hr) Contained In B

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This chapter discusses possible tendencies in the paraphrased version of the Historia Romana (HR) contained in Bamberg (B). Since all the manuscripts related to B, regardless of their stylistic variance, share the same structure of content, this discussion is valid for the entire group of P-4. A central idea in medieval historiography is that of translatio imperii, the theory of succeeding reigns, often within a Christian eschatological framework. The theory of reigns commonly refers to the four world monarchies according to the expositions in Jerome or Orosius. The integration of Roman history into the apologetic world chronicle in the West began with Jerome's translation and expansion of Eusebius of Caesarea's chronicle. Jerome's integration of Roman history in a Christian world chronicle had enormous impact on medieval historiography.

Keywords: Bamberg (B); Historia Romana (HR); Jerome; paraphrased version; reigns; Roman history



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