Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML) volumes offer major literary texts of medieval and Byzantine culture in belles lettres, history, philosophy, and other realms of learning. The series has three aims: to make texts readily accessible in both content and price to a broad readership of English speakers, while also meeting the standards of experts; to equip nonspecialist readers with the basic information needed to understand and appreciate the text; and to keep volumes in print for a long time.
General readers, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional scholars from within and without medieval and Byzantine studies are the target audience.
DOML provides original-language texts alongside an accurate and readable English translation of canonical Byzantine, Medieval Latin, and Old English works, although the criteria vary according to the natures of each respective field. Alongside the greats are important texts by minor authors, as well as occasional thematic volumes that bring together texts by more than one author. Texts and translations alike are either new or at least substantially revised from other publications. Some translators rework existing critical editions to suit the series’ format, and others adapt existing translations to accord with DOML aims; all texts published in the series are as reliable as the best available critical editions.
DOML fills the chronological gap between two other existing series, also published by Harvard University Press. The Loeb Classical Library (LCL), which includes ancient and late antique Greek and Latin texts, will not venture much beyond the fourth or fifth centuries. It will retain some texts by Christian authors already in the series, but it will not incorporate any new ones. Likewise, the ambit of the I Tatti Renaissance Library (ITRL) runs from the late thirteenth through the early seventeenth centuries; while Boccaccio figures in ITRL, Dante will not. DOML was inspired by both series, and in its uniform trim size and general layout it resembles the latter closely.
Dumbarton Oaks and regard DOML as one of its major publishing commitments. The titles in the series are conceived with the longue durée in mind, and the appearance of the volumes is meant to convey an equivalent solidity. The contents of the volumes are also intended to be solid, while simultaneously distinguished by what could be called “disciplined simplicity.” Such simplicity is not the antonym but rather the culmination of scholarship.
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