In the West, the first literary translation that was considered significant was a collection of Jewish Scriptures, the Septuagint, that were translated into early Koine Greek between the 3rd and 1st centuries B.C. Interestingly, the Jews no longer had access to their ancestral language and needed the ancient scriptures translated into Greek.
During the Middle Ages, Latin was the dominate language in the scholastic world in the west. Translations were required to make the learned works more accessible, even within the scholastic circle.
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