5. References to Special Topics.
All of the topics treated in this collection of readings are discussed by Rashdall and Compayre. Page references may be found by use of the indexes appended to their books.
=Introduction=. On the historical point of
view see J.H. ROBINSON,
Readings in European History, Vol. I, Chap. I;
on the place and use of documents, and other questions
relating to the study of history, LANGLOIS and SEIGNOBOS,
Introduction to the Study of History.
=Abelard=. MCCABE, JOSEPH. Abelard.
A scholarly study, in
brilliant style. Chaps. I-IV deal with Abelard as a
teacher. The best biography in English.
=John of Salisbury=. POOLE, R.L. Illustrations
of the History
of Mediaeval Thought, passim. National Dictionary of
Biography, Art. John of Salisbury.
=University Studies=. ABELSON, PAUL. The Seven
Arts. The best study in English. Contains much information
regarding university text-books in these subjects.
LOOMIS, LOUISE R. Mediaeval Hellenism. Valuable information
concerning the history and the translations of
the works of Aristotle, Galen, Hippocrates, and other
Greek writers. ZELLER, E. Aristotle and the Earlier
Peripatetics. The standard treatise on the works of
Aristotle, and their history.
The student is earnestly advised to spend a few hours in examining such copies of the mediaeval text-books as he may find in his college library. The time thus spent will do far more to clarify his ideas as to their character and extent than much talk about them. Old editions, often with the commentaries, may be available; some libraries possess MS. copies. Translations of the more important works of Aristotle may be found by reference to the library catalogue; among these may be mentioned the Rhetoric, by J.E.C. Welldon; the Politics, by B. Jowett; the Ethics (Nicomachean), by F.H. Peters; the Poetics, by S.H. Butcher. Of the Corpus Juris Civilis, the Institutes have been translated by T.C. Sandars; the first part of the Digest by C.H. Monro. The Corpus Juris Canonici as it was known in the middle ages has not been translated. This is true also of most books on the Seven Liberal Arts. Some works of Galen and Hippocrates have been done into English; but these translations are old, and probably inaccurate.
=Academic Letters=. HASKINS, C.H. The Life
Students as Illustrated by their Letters. American Historical
Review, 1897-1898. A brief but important study,
from the sources; refers to several of the letters here