On the Months (De Mensibus). Three Works of Ioannes Lydus

Author: Bandy, Anastasius C.
Year:2012
Pages:348
ISBN:0-7734-4522-6
978-0-7734-4522-2
Price:219.95
The objective of this edition is textual and translational in nature. Since the works of Lydus are replete with Latin vocabulary, this book serves to bring it into English. The translation is faithful to the original and accurate so as to express Lydus’ intended thoughts. His repetitious use of certain linguistic expressions, although sometimes awkward to render to English, have been retained in order to capture his peculiar linguistic and seemingly crabbed style. The book tries to put his words into working English for the first time, and the translators were meticulous in trying to do a tight word for word translation based on the text, free from interpretation.

Reviews

“The translation presented here is faithful and accurate so as to express Lydus’ intended thought. A loose or free translation frequently can be faulty and deceptive, not representing the thought of the author but merely that of the translator. Lydus’ often long and protracted sentences reflect that found in the works of many Greek historians. His repetitious use of certain linguistic expressions, although sometimes awkward to render in English, have been retained in order to capture his peculiar linguistic and seemingly crabbed style. I have tried to solve satisfactorily all passages difficult to comprehend.”
Prof. Anastasius C. Bandy,
Villanova University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Anastasia Bandy
Foreword by Demetrios J. Constantelos
Foreword by Craig J.N. de Paulo
Preface by Anastasius C. Bandy
Preface by Michael Maas
Acknowledgments
Tabula Codicum (All Three Works)
Chart for Ioannes Lydus’ “Names of Winds” (De Mensibus)
Introduction by Anastasius C. Bandy
Volume One: On the Months (De Mensibus)