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Fables and Foibles: Kalila and Dimna’s Lessons in Medieval Rulership

Kalila and Dimna is a book containing a collection of fables, translated into Arabic during the Abbasid Caliphate in the 8th century. The fables contain many animals as main characters as the stories explore various subjects, lessons, and morals. This video delves into specific fables, analyzing portrayals of good and bad rulers to understand medieval conceptions of effective leadership.

The Gwalior Qur'an

Completed in 1399 in what is now India, the Gwalior Qur’an has many features that distinguish it from other Qur’ans. Curator Dr. Marika Sardar delves into the fascinating details in this history-rich short video which is also part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

The Kammavācā: A Buddhist Ordination Manuscript from Myanmar

The Kammavācā is a highly ornamental book, made from cloth, clay, gold, and pigments and lacquered to a high shine. The one examined here is used in the Buddhist ordination ceremony for new monks entering the monastery within the Theravāda tradition in Myanmar. These two videos are part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

The Pañcarakṣā Sūtra: A Living Buddhist Text from Nepal

Pañcarakṣā (pronounce: "pancha-rak-sha") means “five protectresses” or “five protector goddesses.” This particular Pañcarakṣā Sūtra belongs to the Newari Buddhist tradition in Nepal and protects users from a range of illnesses and calamities including snake bites, defense from torments of hell, safety during sea journeys, and protection against pestilence. This video is part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

A Qur'an from Harar, Ethiopia

This video examines the production and use of Qur’ans of the Swahili Coast, and an Ethiopian Qur’an from Harar. Long overlooked as peripheral to African manuscript culture, Islamic manuscript production of eastern Africa demonstrates deep transnational connections to trade and religious networks across the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Europe, and other regions of Africa." 

 

The Blue Qur'an

This video explores the beautiful "Blue Qur'an," one of the most recognizable examples of this sacred text. This video is part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

Three Ethiopian Christian Objects

This video explores three Christian Ethiopian objects, including a prayer book, an amulet scroll (also known as a magic scroll), and a book stand. This video is part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."

 

Coins of Axum (medieval Africa) in the Princeton University Collection

In this video, Princeton Curator of Numismatics Alan Stahl introduces a new and growing collection of coins from the medieval African kingdom of Axum, in the area that is now Ethiopia.

The Gutenberg Bible: An Invention for Medieval Europe

This video introduces the Gutenberg Bible and explains how various copies were created, used, and added to in the mid-fifteenth century. A copy of the Bible from Erfurt, Germany, which is now housed at Princeton University Library, is examined and its features discussed.

An Illuminated Book of Psalms from England in the High Middle Ages

This video explores a beautiful book of illuminated Psalms from the manuscript collection at Princeton University Library, including many stories from the liturgical year. 

Exploring Medieval Jewish Art and Life through a Fifteenth-Century Italian Manuscript

This video introduces Garrett MS 26, a deluxe fifteenth-century manuscript from Princeton University Library that illustrates several events of Jewish life.

Misoginia, magia y más en el Libro del conde Lucanor de don Juan Manuel

This video introduces The Book of Count Lucanor, a mid-fourteenth century collection of exempla, or short stories, written in Spanish, and suggests how to read two of the stories in this book.

A Document of Sale from Medieval Egypt

This video is a discussion of item 27 in Islamic Manuscripts, Garrett Additional Box no. 20 at the Princeton University Library. This document of sale was written in 980 CE on behalf of the Coptic Christian Yuhānnis ibn Suqayna and his wife Maria, residents of the small town in the Fayyum called Buljusuq. They were buying a house from Maria’s father, Ibn al-Ḥillī. The document was registered by the notary Shuʿayb ibn Zakariyā and witnessed by several Muslims, including Muḥammad ibn Ḥisān ibn Dāwud who made a noticeable typo while writing his testimony. 

Introduction to Zoroastrian Manuscripts
Video Primary Sources

Skjærvø, Prods Oktor. The Spirit of Zoroastrianism. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2011.

The Multimedia Yasna: https://muya-film.soas.hasdai.org/yasna/

Further Reading

Boyce, Mary. Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs…

Misogyny, Magic, and More in Juan Manuel's Book of Count Lucanor

This video introduces The Book of Count Lucanor, a mid-fourteenth century collection of exempla, or short stories, written in Spanish, and suggests how to read two of the stories in this book.

Digital Florentine Codex

The Digital Florentine Codex gives access to a singular manuscript created by Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and a group of Nahua elders, authors, and artists. Written in parallel columns of Nahuatl and Spanish texts and hand painted with nearly 2,500 images, the encyclopedic codex is widely regarded as the most reliable source of…

World Epics

This collaborative website is devoted to epics from across the globe, including epic narratives in theatrical dramatizations, puppetry arts, music, visual art, and film. It aims likewise to showcase websites and teaching resources developed by colleagues featuring both oral and literary epics, from the ancient world to today.

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Where are the Romans? What Attila's War Reveals about Barbarian Integration in the Late Roman Empire

This video covers several issues regarding the assimilation of non-Romans into the late Roman military. Attila the Hun's 451 invasion, climaxing in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons), is used as a case study of these phenomenona.

Astronomy in Medieval Manuscripts

Highlights astronomical manuscripts from across the medieval world in the Schoenberg Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Library.