Michael I. Allen

Biography and Interests: 

Michael I. Allen

Title: Associate Professor of Classics and the College, and Associate in History
Education: Ph.D. University of Toronto
Office: Working Office, Classics 22A (not for mail)
Areas of Specialization: Carolingian literary culture, Latin Palaeography, textual transmission and reception, Tironian Notes (Early Latin Shorthand), Libraries and Learning in Early Medieval France and Germany

I am currently studying the writings, library, and circle of Lupus of Ferrières.  A selection of ca. 130 documents survives in an original manuscript (Paris, lat. 2858) compiled from Lupus's archives shortly after his death (after June 862).  The letters are a key source for the history of books, libraries, and the movement of scholars and learning in the ninth century.  We can tell a great deal about Lupus and his activities.  He was, for instance, a key vector in the transmission of Cicero's works.  I am finishing a fresh edition, commentary, and translation of Lupus's letters and related documents, where I relate the letters to events, recovered persons, and extant manuscripts or indirect evidence of them.
Lupus's letter-book in facsimile:  http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10318625w



  • Eriugena and Creation.  Ed. W. Otten and M. I. Allen.  Turnhout: Brepols, (in press, 2014).
  • Frechulfi Lexouiensis episcopi Opera omnia. Ed. Michael I. Allen. 2 vols. (1. Prolegomena – Indices; 2. Textus). Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaeualis 169, 169A. Turnhout: Brepols, 2002.
  • Translation of Pierre Riché. The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.

Recent Articles:

  • “Aus Einhards Lebensabend und Consolatio Philosophiae III:  ein Seligenstadter Boethius-Fragment mit lateinischen und althochdeutschen Glossen,” Archiv für Mittelrheinische Kirchengeschichte 66 (forthcoming, 2014).
  • “Poems by Lupus, written by Heiric:  an endpaper for Édouard Jeauneau (Paris, BnF, lat. 7496, fol. 249v),” in Eriugena and Creation, ed. W. Otten and M. I. Allen (Turnhout, [in press] 2014), 105–136.
  • “Bern, Burgerbibliothek 250,” entry in the exhibition catalogue Karl der Große. Orte der Macht (Aachen, [in press] 2014).
  • “Frechulf of Lisieux,” in Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. K. Pollmann and W. Otten (OUP: Oxford, 2013), vol. 2, 1010–11.
  • “Lupus of Ferrières,” in Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. K. Pollmann and W. Otten (OUP: Oxford, 2013), vol. 2 pp. 1039–41.
  • “Lupus, or The Wolf in the Library: New Commentary, Edition, and Translation of Lupus of Ferrières, Epistola 1,” in Studies on Medieval Empathies, ed. K. F. Morrison and R. M. Bell (Turnhout, 2013), 141–16.

Recent Review:

  • H. Eisenhut, Die Glossen Ekkeharts IV. von St. Gallen im Codex Sangallensis 621 (= Monasterium Sancti Galli, Bd. 4), St. Gallen: Verlag am Klosterhof 2009. In Journal of Medieval Latin 23 (2013): 346–53.


  • Accelerated Introductory Latin
  • Roman Historiography
  • European Civilization
  • Medieval Latin
  • Study Abroad Program in Vienna
  • Roman Oratory
  • Greek Thought and Literature
  • Latin Paleography