Exemplary Comparison from Homer to Petrarch

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DS Brewer, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 407 pages
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The book is a study of comparison and identification with exemplary figures drawn from myth, history and historical legend, the Bible, the authorial canon, and literary tradition, from Homer to the interrelated branches of the medieval European vernacular lyric up to the end of the fourteenth century. The first half treats Homer, Virgil, Latin poets from Catullus to Ovid, and late and medieval Latin poets. The second half discusses the troubadour lyric, including Italian and Catalan poets who wrote in the language of the troubadours, the trouvère lyric, the German lyric, and the Sicilian and Italian lyric up to Petrarch. The languages covered are thus classical Greek, classical, post-classical and medieval Latin, Occitan/Old Provençal, Old French, and medieval German and Italian.Representative examples of comparison and identification are given in the original language, followed by translation and textual and literary analysis. OLIVE SAYCE is Emeritus Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages, Somerville College, Oxford.
  

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Contents

The Iliad and the Odyssey
9
The Aeneid
29
Latin Poets from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
84
The Troubadour Poets
141
The Trouvere Poets
199
The German Poets
238
The Sicilian and Italian Poets
288
Conclusion
343
Bibliography
356
Glossary of Technical Terms
375
General Index
408
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