Mischa Hooker has very kindly translated books 1, 2 and 3 of John the Lydian, De Mensibus (On the Roman Months) for us all. The results are now in the public domain: do as you like with them, and use them for personal, educational or commercial purposes.
Book 1 did not make it to us as a continuous text; instead there are a series of quotations from later writers, assembled and numbered by Wuensch, the editor. The other two books are more or less complete.
The description of the Roman circus and the objects on the spina, in book 1, should be of general interest!
Here they are:
- JohnLydus-1 (PDF) JohnLydus-1 (.docx)
- JohnLydus-2 (PDF) JohnLydus-2 (.docx)
- JohnLydus-3 (PDF) JohnLydus-3 (.docx)
It’s great to know that this valuable resource is now accessible to everyone!