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 classfs 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 Dantefs 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 Dantefs poetics.
The study analyzes six Latin school texts—the Ilias latina , the Latin Aesop, the Disticha Catonis, the Ecloga Theoduli, Statiusfs Achilleid, and Claudianfs De raptu Proserpinae—and integrates an analysis of selected medieval school books, their commentaries, and glosses to reconstruct these texts' medieval readership.
|Advisor:||Baranski, Zygmunt G.|
|Commitee:||Baranski, Zygmunt G., Cachey, Theodore J., Muller, Hildeguno, Webb, Heather|
|School:||University of Notre Dame|
|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|
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