Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

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Dante and Thirteenth-Century Latin Education: Reading the Auctores Minores
by Gianferrari, Filippo, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2017, 325; 13836181
Abstract (Summary)

In late thirteenth-century Italy, literacy had become accessible to a significant portion of the lay population. It thus became a crucial means to the middle classfs cultural and political empowerment, and to the secularization of learning. This project investigates how minor Latin authors that were read in thirteenth-century schools shaped Dantefs hermeneutic posture toward classical, pagan literature.

As this study shows, these school authors offered a particular type of classical reception that provided a Christianizing access to the ancient authors and had a major impact on Dantefs poetics.

The study analyzes six Latin school texts—the Ilias latina , the Latin Aesop, the Disticha Catonis, the Ecloga Theoduli, Statiusfs Achilleid, and Claudianfs De raptu Proserpinae—and integrates an analysis of selected medieval school books, their commentaries, and glosses to reconstruct these texts' medieval readership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Baranski, Zygmunt G.
Commitee: Baranski, Zygmunt G., Cachey, Theodore J., Muller, Hildeguno, Webb, Heather
School: University of Notre Dame
Department: Medieval Institute
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Medieval literature, Education, Medieval history, Language
Keywords: Dante's Auctores Minores, Dante's Latin poetry, Dante's intellectual formation, Literarcy, Medieval education, Medieval language education
Publication Number: 13836181
ISBN: 9780438833142
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