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Egeria: Diary of a Pilgrimage
Written in the first part of the fifth century, this work is a charming record of the observations of a Christian woman on a lengthy pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Her firsthand account is a work of major significance for the fields of archaeology, church history, philology and comparative liturgy.
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Newman Press
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Written in the fourth centuryh and partially accessible to us, since so much of the text has been lost, these are the travels of Egeria, hispanic lady, to the Holy Land, her description of the most significative places, with an emphasis on the Old Testament events, and a description of liturgical celebrations of the Holy Week. Despite its fragmentary character, it's very important because it's one of the earliest written testimonies and written by a woman.
This is primary literature of extreme importance in the study of the development of the Catholic liturgy, since pilgrim Egeria (a wealthy lady making the grand tour) writes in detail all of the celebrations carried out in the Holy Land. The book has lengthy apparati which I didn't read, a 47-page introduction and 115 pages of endnotes, not to mention Bibliography and Index. But it's always interesting to read these books in the original. This gets a little repetitious -- at every place she visit ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Paolo D'Amelio rated it liked it · review of another edition
L’Itinerarium Egeriae è uno di quei testi forse esteticamente poco piacevoli da leggere ma nei quali si sente scorrere la Storia, tutte le evoluzioni che ha subito il tracciato scandito dai passi di questa pellegrina cristiana di V secolo. Dai suoi passi muoveranno i loro sia la letteratura religiosa di viaggio, un po’ itinerario spirituale, un po’ più concretamente guida ai luoghi, nonché la lingua romanza la cui propensione alla sintassi esplicita trova qui le sue prime espressioni. Il viaggio ...more
The oldest surviving text recounting a woman's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Half of the surviving text deals with her travels in search of the holy places mentioned in the accounts of the wanderings of the Israelites, and half details the liturgy observed in the churches in Jerusalem. Fascinating for anyone studying pilgrimage. The notes on the text are especially good, also.
Lo más fascinante de este libro es, sin lugar a dudas, la autora. Una señora principal, a la que se califica de monja -según el autor del prólogo incorrectamente puesto que las monjas como tal no existían-, que decide viajar desde Galicia hasta Jerusalén para visitar los lugares santos. A medida que transcurre el viaje va enviando una serie de cartas describiendo lo que ve y lo que va haciendo.
Again, this is not the edition I have. I do have this translation by Gingras, but mine is hardcover and published by Paulist Press. This is a fascinating read--of a diary of a women, Egeria, probably written in the fifth century. Her words recount her travels to the Holy Land.
Jan 29, 2009 Debbi rated it liked it
At times it was a bit tedious - just like reading someone else's diary. But at other times it was a fascinating look at a first person account of the practices and worship of the early church.