Dietrich, Booklet on Holy Places 1298-1301

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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 north along the coast, providing characteristic detail on historical sites and the natural environment.

Text

Sexto deinde versus occidentem a Sylo miliario in campestribus sita est Lidda, ubi sepultus fuit, ut fertur, sanctus martir Georgius, unde idem locus mutato nomine antiquo Ad Sanctum Georgium a modernis appellantur. Abhinc iocunda et amena planitie, inter montana et maritima loca, campestria per viam que ducit Achon, id est Ptolemaidam, distenduntur, in quibus plurime civitates et ville tam antique quam nove visuntur, inter quas Caphargamala, Capharsemala, castellum a modernis Cacho nominatum in fertilissima terra situm, civitas munita nuncCesarea Palestine, olimTurris Stratonisnuncupata, montana Cayphas, cui opidum eiusdem nominis admodum dirutum adiacet …

Textual Note

Ed. Huygens 1994

Translation

Six miles to the west of Sylo on the plain is located Lidda, the burial place of St. George the Martyr according to tradition. Thus the ancient name of the place has changed, and it is called St. George’s by people today. From there along the road leading to Achon, or Ptolemaïs, the countryside spreads out in a pleasant and beautiful plain between the mountains and the seashore, where there are many cities and towns, both old and new. Among them are Caphar Gamala; Caphar Semala; a fortress that people today call Cacho, which is located on very fertile land; the fortified town that is now calledCaesarea Palestinaeand was once calledStrato’s Tower; and the Mount Cayphas, near which sits a ruined town of the same name …

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: 185, line: 1298-1301. 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: 58-59, section: 39. Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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Joseph L. Rife, “Dietrich, Booklet on Holy Places 1298-1301,” in Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, last modified June 14, 2021, https://caesarea-maritima.org/testimonia/251.

Bibliography:

Joseph L. Rife, “Dietrich, Booklet on Holy Places 1298-1301.” 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/251.

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