De temporum ratione‘On the reckoning of time’

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Influential Latin treatise by the Northumbrian monk Bede on the methods of calculating time and the construction of a Christian calendar (computus). The work was preceded by Bede's briefer treatment of the same subject known as De temporibus.
BedeBede (d. 735) – English monk at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow; author of the Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum and works on various religious and theological subjects.
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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Jones, Charles W. [ed.], Beda Venerabilis. De temporum ratione liber, Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 123B, Turnhout: Brepols, 1977.
[tr.] Wallis, Faith, Bede: The reckoning of time, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999.

Secondary sources (select)

Darby, Peter, Bede and the end of time, Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland, Farnham, Surrey, Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. xv + 261 pp.
Lambert, Pierre-Yves, “Les gloses en vieux-breton aux écrits scientifiques de Bède, dans le manuscrit Angers 477”, in: Lebecq, Stéphane, Michel Perrin, and Olivier Szerwiniack (eds), Bède le Vénérable: entre tradition et posterité, Centre de Recherche sur l'Histoire de l'Europe du Nord-Ouest 34, Villeneuve d'Ascq, 2005. 309–319.
Hleno.revues.org: <link>
Lambert, Pierre-Yves, “Les commentaires celtiques à Bède le Vénérable [part 1]”, Études Celtiques 20 (1983): 119–143.
Journal volume:  Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 20, 1983: <link>
Lambert, Pierre-Yves, “Les commentaires celtiques à Bède le Vénérable [part 2]”, Études Celtiques 21 (1984): 185–206.
Journal volume:  Persée – Études Celtiques, vol. 21, 1984: <link>
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