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Homer in Renaissance Europe (1488‒1649)

from Part III - Homer in the World

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2020

Corinne Ondine Pache
Affiliation:
Trinity University, San Antonio
Casey Dué
Affiliation:
University of Houston
Susan Lupack
Affiliation:
Macquarie University, Sydney
Robert Lamberton
Affiliation:
Washington University, St Louis
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This essay surveys key editions and translations of the Homeric corpus in the two centuries after the advent of print and also studies the evolution of Homeric commentaries and scholarly apparatus during the European Renaissance. Examining both Latin and vernacular translations, the essay identifies key trends as well as idiosyncrasies in the era’s attempts to render Homer’s Greek readable to a wide audience and also examines some of the ways in which Homer’s poems were interpreted and repurposed, ranging from discussions of Homeric emotion and the theological implications of the Homeric gods to the circulation of Homeric verses in maxims and sententiae.

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Print publication year: 2020

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