Italy and the Classical Tradition : Language, Thought and Poetry 1300-1600.

  • 1st ed.
  • London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2013
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1 online resource (272 pages)
  • 9781472521378
  • 9781472530769
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  • Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgements -- List of Contributors -- Introduction: The Italian Classical Tradition, Language and Literary History -- Part I. Latin, Greek and Italian -- 1. The Classical Languages and Italian: Some Questions of Grammar and Rhetoric -- 2. 'Itali Dicunt Ozie': Describing Non-Standard and Low-Register Speech in Latin -- 3. 'Utriusque Linguae peritus': How Did One Learn Greek and Acquire the Texts? -- Part II. Hellenism and the Latin Humanists -- 4. Alberti and the Classical Canon -- 5. Plutarch's Camma: A Greek Literary Heroine's Adventures in Renaissance Italy -- 6. Italy, France and the Classical Tradition: The Origins of the Philological Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics -- Part III. The Classical Tradition in Poetry -- 7. 'Unicuique suum': Observations on Dante as a Reader of Classical Authors -- 8. Petrarch's Diploma of Crowning: The Privilegium laureationis -- 9. Putting Italian Renaissance Lyric in Order: Petrarch's Canzoniere and the Latin Liber carminum -- 10. A Roman Dialogue with Virgil and Homer: Capilupi, the Cento and Rome -- Subject Bibliography: Further Reading on Italy and the Classical Tradition -- Index of Manuscripts and Printed Copies -- Index of Principal Passages Cited -- General Index.
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  • Italy's original fascination with its cultural origins in Greece and Rome first created what is now known as 'the Classical tradition' - the pervasive influence of ancient art and thought on later times. In response to a growing interest in Classical reception, this volume provides a timely reappraisal of the Greek and Roman legacies in Italian literary history. There are fresh insights on the early study of Greek and Latin texts in post-classical Italy and reassessments of the significance attached to ancient authors and ideas in the Renaissance, as well as some innovative interpretations of canonical Italian authors, including Dante, Petrarch and Alberti, in the light of their ancient influences and models. The wide range of essays in this volume - all by leading specialists - should appeal to anyone with an interest in Italian literature or the Classical tradition. Italy's early fascination with its Hellenic and Roman origins created what is now called 'the classical tradition'.This book focuses on the role of the Greek and Latin languages and texts in Italian humanist thought and Renaissance poetry: how ancient languages were mastered and used, and how ancient texts were acquired and appropriated. Fresh perspectives on the influences of Aristotle, Plutarch and Virgil accompany innovative interpretations of canonical Italian authors - including Dante, Petrarch and Alberti - in the light of their classical models. Treatments of more specialized forms of writing, such as the cento and commentary, and some opening chapters on linguistic history also prompt reassessment of Renaissance perceptions of both Greece and Rome in relation to early modern Latin and vernacular culture. The collection as a whole highlights the importance of Italy's unique legacy of antiquity for the history of ideas and philology, as well as for literary history. The essays
  • in this volume, all by leading specialists, are supplemented by a detailed introduction and a subject bibliography.
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