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Ovid in the Middle Ages


James G. Clark, Elizabeth Fisher, Frank T. Coulson, Ana Pairet, Marilynn Desmond, Robert Black, Warren Ginsberg, Siegfried Wenzel, Kathryn L. McKinley, Vicente Cristóbal, Carla Lord, Ralph J. Hexter
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  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107002050


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  • Ovid is perhaps the most important surviving Latin poet and his work has influenced writers throughout the world. This volume presents a groundbreaking series of essays on his reception across the Middle Ages. The collection includes contributions from distinguished Ovidians as well as leading specialists in medieval Latin and vernacular literature, clerical and extra-clerical culture and medieval art, and addresses questions of manuscript and textual transmission, translation, adaptation and imitation. It also explores the intersecting cultural contexts of the schools (monastic and secular), courts and literate lay households. It elaborates the scale and scope of the enthusiasm for Ovid in medieval Europe, following readers of the canon from the Carolingian monasteries to the early schools of the Île de France and on into clerical and curial milieux in Italy, Spain, the British Isles and even the Byzantine Empire.

    • Pioneering study accessible to a broad range of scholars and students
    • Surveys the influence of Ovid throughout medieval Europe, including Britain, northern Europe, Italy, Spain and the Byzantine Empire from the end of antiquity to the beginning of the Renaissance
    • Examines the influence of Ovid on the whole spectrum of medieval culture, from poetry and history (in both Latin and the vernacular languages) to the decorative arts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107002050
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction James G. Clark
    2. Ovid's metempsychosis: the Greek East Elizabeth Fisher
    3. Ovid's Metamorphoses in the school tradition of France, 1180–1400: texts, manuscript traditions, manuscript settings Frank T. Coulson
    4. Recasting the Metamorphoses in fourteenth-century France: the challenges of the Ovide Moralisé Ana Pairet
    5. Gender and desire in medieval French translations of Ovid's amatory works Marilynn Desmond
    6. Ovid in medieval Italy Robert Black
    7. Dante's Ovids Warren Ginsberg
    8. Ovid from the pulpit Siegfried Wenzel
    9. Ovid in the monasteries: the evidence from late medieval England James G. Clark
    10. Gower and Chaucer: readings of Ovid in late medieval England Kathryn L. McKinley
    11. Ovid in medieval Spain Vicente Cristóbal
    12. A survey of imagery in medieval manuscripts of Ovid's Metamorphoses and related commentaries Carla Lord
    13. Shades of Ovid: the pseudo-Ovidiana in the Middle Ages Ralph J. Hexter
    Appendix: annotated list of selected Ovid manuscripts.

  • Editors

    James G. Clark, University of Bristol

    Frank T. Coulson, Ohio State University

    Kathryn L. McKinley, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


    James G. Clark, Elizabeth Fisher, Frank T. Coulson, Ana Pairet, Marilynn Desmond, Robert Black, Warren Ginsberg, Siegfried Wenzel, Kathryn L. McKinley, Vicente Cristóbal, Carla Lord, Ralph J. Hexter

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