[...] ISIDORE WAS THE FIRST CHRISTIAN WRITER TO TRY

TO COMPILE A SUMMA OF UNIVERSAL KNOWLEDGE, IN HIS MOST IMPORTANT WORK, THE ETYMOLOGIAE (TAKING ITS TITLE FROM

THE METHOD HE UNCRITICALLY USED IN THE TRANSCRIPTION

OF HIS ERA'S KNOWLEDGE). IT IS ALSO KNOWN BY CLASSICISTS

AS THE ORIGINES (THE STANDARD ABBREVIATION BEING ORIG).

THIS ENCYCLOPEDIA — THE FIRST SUCH CHRISTIAN EPITOME—FORMED A HUGE COMPILATION OF 448 CHAPTERS IN 20 VOLUMES.

. . .