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Einhard and the Historia Augusta

Stover, Justin; Woudhuysen, George


Justin Stover


In recent years, a consensus has begun to develop that Einhard had read the Historia Augusta and that he used it in his Vita Karoli magni. In particular, scholars have argued that he must have drawn the rare word dicaculus from the text. In this article, we first review the history of the idea that Einhard had read the HA, then show how weakly grounded it is. In particular, we demonstrate that it is very unlikely that the text was his source for dicaculus. We conclude with some thoughts on the way that this might influence recent debate over the HA in the Carolingian period.


Stover, J., & Woudhuysen, G. (2023). Einhard and the Historia Augusta. The Journal of Medieval Latin, 33, 1-16.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 26, 2022
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Aug 26, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 1, 2025
Journal Journal of Medieval Latin
Print ISSN 0778-9750
Electronic ISSN 2034-635X
Publisher Brepols Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Pages 1-16
Keywords Einhard; Historia Augusta; Transmission; Medieval Manuscripts
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