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12. Me pudet audire Iudeum talia scire: A Late Medieval Latin School Text on the Jewish Calendar

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In late medieval Latin, the term computus had a fairly broad meaning, which refers to traditional practice of calculating the date of Easter via lunisolar calendar cycles. Copies of the Computus Iudaicus are usually transmitted in the context of codices that assemble calendrical material next to a wide range of texts relevant to the universitary quadrivium. A frequent feature of school texts like the Computus chirometralis is that they are accompanied by running commentaries, which shed light on difficult passages, provide reckoning examples, and adduce further information culled from the subjects of the quadrivium. The most intriguing and distinctive elements of the whole treatise are perhaps its calculation tables. Despite the highly volatile nature of their transmission, the commentaries provide modest help in elucidating the textual history of the Computus Iudaicus. The Computus Iudaicus is largely devoid of any concern for the properly calendrical aspects of its subject.

Keywords: calculation tables; computus; Jewish calendar; medieval Latin school texts



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