, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 123–144

The Opus Geminatum and Anglo-Saxon Literature


DOI: 10.1007/s11061-010-9213-5

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Friesen, B. Neophilologus (2011) 95: 123. doi:10.1007/s11061-010-9213-5


This article traces the development of the opus geminatum (a twinned pair of texts, one in verse, one in prose, treating the same subject) as this grows out of late antique literary practices surrounding the conversio (paraphrase) and as it is adopted by Anglo-Saxon authors, becoming one of their most distinctive literary forms.


Opus geminatumAnglo-SaxonLatinBedeRhetoricGenre

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tyndale University CollegeTorontoCanada