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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-B110-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Translators played a crucial role in the history of medieval philosophy. Since multilingualism was generally restricted to places in which a direct contact between different languages was possible, such as Byzantium, the Near East, southern Italy or Spain, the dissemination of knowledge into foreign cultures was mainly brought about by means of translation. In this conversion process various kinds of writings were involved, including the Bible, the Qur’an and liturgical and hagiographic works as well as literary and historiographic texts.

Citing this article:
Brams, Jozef. Translators, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-B110-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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