Dr. Mark Stansbury

Postdoctoral researcher

Project: This project, PRA 8.1, will explore the texts read and written by Irish scholars between the seventh and mid-ninth centuries based on an analysis of the extant manuscripts. By doing so we shall be able to establish the range of texts available to Irish scholars of the Early Middle Ages and to appreciate the innovations in written culture developed by Insular scribes, which still influence the presentation of a text on the page. Working in cooperation with other institutions and projects, we propose to assemble digital images, photographs, and microfilms of Insular manuscripts. Then we will analyze their texts and their scripts with the goal of establishing, as precisely as possible, where, when, and by whom they were written. We shall publish our results in print and on the Web as a catalogue of manuscripts and a preliminary list of 'Books Known to the Irish.'


Stansbury, M. McDonough, C. & Prior, R. 2004, Servius' Commentary on Book Four of Virgil's Aeneid: An Annotated Translation, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.

Stansbury, M., ‘J.W. Halporn and M. Vessey, Cassiodorus. Institutions of Divine and Secular Learning. On the Soul, Translated Texts for Historians 42[Review], forthcoming in Ancient History Bulletin, Liverpool.

Stansbury, M., & Graff E. 2003-4, ‘M. Herity and A. Breen, ‘The Cathach of Colum Cille: An Introduction[Review]', in Peritia,vols. 17-18.

Stansbury, M., ‘G.A. Müller, Formen und Funktionen der Vergilzitate und -anspielungen bei Augustin von Hippo. Formen und Funktionen der Zitate und Anspielungen[Review]. (Studien zur Geschichte und Kultur des Altertums. Neue Folge. 1. Reihe, Band 18.) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2004.3.38, Ferdinand Schöningh.

Stansbury, M. 2002, ‘Roman Vergil and the Origins of Medieval Book Design', The Medieval Review 03.05.13, Online Review, University of Toronto

Stansbury, M., ‘Columba and the Power of Writing' forthcoming in proceedings of in E. Johnston (ed.) the Lives and Afterlives III Conference(Boydell and Brewer).

Stansbury, M., Translations of two commentaries and articles on Pompeian graffiti and Old Irish glosses forthcoming in M. Putman and J. Ziolkowski (ed.) The Virgilian tradition to 1500, Yale University Press.

Stansbury, M., ‘The Composition of Adomnán's Vita Columbae', Peritia, vols. 17-18, pp. 154-82.

Stansbury, M. 2004, ‘L. Long, ‘Translating the Bible: From the 7th to the 17th Century[Review]', in Speculum, vol. 79 pp. 235-236.

Stansbury, M., ‘D. Wright, The Roman Vergil and the Origins of Medieval Book Design[Review]', in The Medieval Review 03.05.13