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"Biblioteca Medievală" Collection

Editura Polirom

The “Biblioteca Medievală” (Medieval Library) Collection belonging to Polirom Publishing House in Iaşi was born in 2003, following an idea that focuses on the foundations of the Romanian culture, but also on a specific method to perceive the Middle Ages. This idea first consisted of the fact that a culture shaped in the modern era can understand its orientation and its limits only if it integrates the sources of this modernity it was born in. This amounts to the conclusion that they deserve to be systematically translated and published in Romanian. These sources hint at the European Middle Ages that particularly comprise Latin, Arab, Greek, Hebrew components. This is why “Biblioteca Medievală” represents the assemblage of competences pertaining to each of these divisions.

During the 11 years of activity, 24 volumes underlined this idea and enriched it. To the objective to offer the Romanian reader the fundamental texts of the medieval culture in bilingual editions was added the aim to provide the researchers with original texts of primary editions in Romanian. The first objective is illustrated by authors like Boethius, Duns Scot, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and Abelard. The second comprises authors like Hugh of Saint Victor, Avicenna, Godescalp of Nepomuk etc. The effort to bring such editions to light joined together exegetes and translators whose profiles end the summary of each volume. Therefore, “Biblioteca Medievală” is a concept, an effort, and, in the same time, a school of medieval studies.

The collection has a scientific board whose main role is the selection of texts, the formulation of future strategies and the manuscript expertize. The board includes: Anca Vasiliu (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), Ioana Munteanu (University of Bucharest), Anca Crivăţ (University of Bucharest), Monica Brînzei (IRHT, Paris), Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban (The Institute for the History of Religions, the Romanian Academy, Bucharest), Andrei Bereschi (("Babeş-Bolyai" University, Cluj Napoca), Alexandru-Florin Platon (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iaşi), George Grigore (University of Bucharest), Eugen Munteanu (“Al. Philippide” Institute of the Romanian Academy, Iaşi) şi Alexander Baumgarten (“Babeş-Bolyai" University, Cluj Napoca).

The board is open to any suggestions regarding manuscripts and bilingual editions of texts that marked the medieval culture in all its aspects. Following a specific standard depending on the published or unpublished nature of the text, the proposition is welcome to the editorial office of Polirom.

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