Dietrich, Booklet on Holy Places 1616-1624

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Context

Dietrich (Theodericus) was a German priest of the 12th century who travelled to the Holy Land under the Kingdom of Jerusalem. His account survives in only two manuscripts of the 15th century that derive from a common ancestor: Österreichische Staatsbibliothek, Vienna 3529 and Bell Library, University of Minnesota 1424/Co. In this passage Dietrich describes his itinerary south down the old Palestinian coast, providing characteristic details of the settled landscape.

Text

Sequitur ultra quatuor miliaria Accaron sive Ptolemaida et postea Cayphas nova atque vetusta ultra miliaria tria. Deinde etiam ultra miliaria sexCesarea Palestine, ab Herode rege cum adiacente portu insigniter exstructa, itemque ultra XIIII miliaria Ioppe sive Iafis cum portu propter australis venti flatum naufragoso, post hec nichilominus in ordine Gaza sive Gazara et civitas munitissima Ascalona, de quibus omnibus supradictum est: hee omnes civitates maritime sunt et omnes magne atque murate sunt.

Textual Note

Ed. Huygens 1994

Translation

Four miles further comes Accaron or Ptolemaïs, and three miles further Old and New Cayphas. Then sixteen miles further isCaesarea Palestinae, splendidly built by King Herod along with the adjoining harbor. And fourteen miles further is Joppa or Jafis, with a harbor full of shipwrecks because of southerly gales. After these in order are Gaza or Gazara and the very strong fortress of Ascalona, all of which have been described already. All these cities are on the sea coast, and all are large and enclosed by walls.

Translation Note

Adapted from Stewart 1896

Bibliography

  • 1 Saewulf, John of Würzburg, and Dietrich, Peregrinationes Tres. Saewulf, John of Würzburg, TheodericusPeregrinationes Tres. Saewulf, John of Würzburg, Theodericus, ed. R. B. C. Huygens, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 139 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1994), p: 196-197, line: 1616-1624. Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 Dietrich, Theoderich’s Description of the Holy LandTheoderich’s Description of the Holy Land, trans. Aubrey Stewart, Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society 17 (London: Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society, 1896), p: 73, section: 51. Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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Joseph L. Rife, “Dietrich, Booklet on Holy Places 1616-1624,” in Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, last modified June 14, 2021, https://caesarea-maritima.org/testimonia/224.

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Joseph L. Rife, “Dietrich, Booklet on Holy Places 1616-1624.” In Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, edited by Joseph L. Rife and Phillip I. Lieberman., edited by Joseph L. Rife et al.. Caesarea City and Port Exploration Project, 2021. Entry published June 14, 2021. https://caesarea-maritima.org/testimonia/224.

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