Marino Sanudo the Elder, Secrets for Those Faithful to the Cross 3.14.1

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Context

Marino Sanudo the Elder of Torcello, from a wealthy and powerful Venetian family, was a statesman and geographer who spent much of his career from the late 13th century until his death in 1338 living and travelling abroad. He reached the Peloponnese and Aegean islands, Cyprus and Cilicia, Constantinople, the Levant, and Egypt, but also in western and northern Europe. A learned and eloquent advocate for a new crusade, he wrote the voluminous Secrets for Those Faithful to the Cross (Secreta fidelium Crucis), a strategic manual full of economic, military, and geographic detail as well as maps, and presented different versions of it to popes Clement V (in 1307) and John XXII (in 1321). His account of the Holy Land begins by surveying the regional divisions of “Syria” from Cappadocia and Cilicia to Mesopotamia to Egypt.

Text

Dicuntur etiam Syriae, tres Palestinae: unde quinta Syria est Palestina, quae proprie Philistim nominatur: cuius metropolis est Caesarea, incipiens a Castro Pereginorum et tendens versus meridiem supra mare Mediterraneum contra austrum usque Gazam. Sexta Syria est alia Palestina, cuius metropolis est Ierusalem, cum omnibus montanis usque ad Mare Mortuum et usque desertum Cadesbarne; haec stricte Iudaea dicitur nomine totius parti attributo. Septima Syria est alia Palestina: cuius metropolis est Bethsan, sita sub monte Gelboe iuxta Iordanem; quae Galilea et campus magnus Esdrelon.

Textual Note

Ed. Bongars 1611

Corrigenda Note

Minor corr. J. L. Rife

Translation

Also, the three parts of Palestine are called the Syrias, of which the fifth Syria is that Palestine which is properly called Philistim. Its chief city is Caesarea, and it begins at Pilgrims’ Castle and extends south along the coast of the Mediterranean as far as Gaza. The Sixth Syria is the second Palestine. Its chief city is Jerusalem, and it includes all the hill country as far as the Dead Sea and the wilderness of Kadesh Barnea. Strictly this country is called Judaea, the name of a part being given to the whole. The Seventh Syria is the third Palestine. Its chief city is Beth Shan, located below Mount Gilboa near the Jordan. It contains Galilee and the great plain of Esdrelon.

Translation Note

Adapted from Lock 2011

Bibliography

  • 1 Marino Sanudo, Gesta Dei per Francos Sive Orientalium Expeditionum et Regni Francorum Hierosolimitani Historia 2: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis Super Terrae Sanctae Recuperatione et Conservatione, ed. Jacques Bongars (Hanover: Wechelian, 1611), bk: 3.14.1, p: 244.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 Marino Sanudo, Marino Sanudo Torsello, The Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis, trans. Peter Lock, Crusade Texts in Translation 21 (London: Routledge, 2011), p: 389.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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Joseph L. Rife, “Marino Sanudo the Elder, Secrets for Those Faithful to the Cross 3.14.1,” in Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, last modified June 14, 2021, https://caesarea-maritima.org/testimonia/260.

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Joseph L. Rife, “Marino Sanudo the Elder, Secrets for Those Faithful to the Cross 3.14.1.” 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/260.

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