Classica et Mediaevalia is an international, peer reviewed journal covering the field of the Greek and Latin languages and literature from classical antiquity until the late Middle Ages as well as the Greco-Roman history and traditions as manifested in the general history, history of law, history of philosophy and ecclesiastic history. Articles are published mainly in English, but also in French and German. Some of the many contributions to the present issue include “Wisdom, Boasting and Strength of Spirit in Xenophon’s Apology” and “Democracy and Aristocratic Identity in Fifth-Century BC Athens”.
The text of Ovid's Metamorphoses is not as indisputably established as one might think. Many passages are still obscure or plainly corrupt. 550 manuscripts, 500 editions and reprints, as well as countless critical notes and works must be taken into account when trying to establish the most reliable text for new generations of readers. This volume provides a detailed line-by-line analysis of Book XIII and offers thereby an indispensable starting point for a new critical edition not only of this but also of other parts of the poem.
This volume is the first comprehensive commentary on the fourth book of Martial's epigrams: it focuses on literary matters and realia in order to clarify each poem and to offer an aesthetic account of the book as a whole.
Desire and Authority in the Poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto
Author: Robert Hanning
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto, premodern Europe's three greatest comic poets, found abundant cause for laughter in the foibles and follies of human desire. Yet they also excelled at the dangerous game of skewering the elites on whom they depended for patronage. The resulting depictions of addled lovers and rattled rulers create a unique dynamic of trenchant critique wrapped in amusing, enlightening, and disturbing fantasy, an achievement hailed as serio ludere, serious play, by Renaissance theorists. Through an imaginative analysis of Ovid's amatory poetry, Chaucer's dream poems and excerpts from the Canterbury Tales, and Ariosto's epic Orlando Furioso, Robert W. Hanning illuminates the contrast and continuities in often hilarious, always empathetic representations of bungled desire and thwarted political authority. He also documents the response of all three poets to the "authority" of cultural predecessors and poetic convention. Each poet lived through exciting times (Augustan Rome, late-medieval London, and high-Renaissance Italy, respectively) and their outsider-insider status links them as memorable speakers of comedic truth to power. Providing fresh perspectives on Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto within their rich historical moments, Serious Play isolates the elements that make their work so appealing centuries after they lived, observed, and wrote.