Dialog between Alcuin & his pupil

Alcuin of York, the English Abbot of the great Monastery of Tours (France), Master of the Palace School for — and friend and teacher of — the first Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne (and his sons), is an important scholar in the history of the Latin language for reasons he probably did not intend.

Here is my translation of a short ‘dialog’ that he wrote of a discussion with a pupil — possibly the eldest son of Charlemagne, Pepin. It’s mostly ‘just for fun’. But it is also a litany of the 8th century view of the world and a word-puzzle game. Some of the puzzles are unsolved, even today (please let me know if you discover a solution).

A dialog between Albinus and his pupil Pepin

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