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The Neo-Latin Epigram

A Learned and Witty Genre



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The epigram is certainly one of the most intriguing, while at the same time most elusive, genres of Neo-Latin literature. From the end of the fifteenth century, almost every humanist writer who regarded himself a true "poeta" had composed a respectable number of epigrams. Given our sense of poetical aesthetics, be it idealistic, postidealistic, modern, or postmodern, the epigrammatic genre is difficult to understand. Because of its close ties with the historical and social context, it does not fit any of these aesthetic approaches. By presenting various epigram writers, collections, and subgenres from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, this volume offers a first step toward a better understanding of some of the features of humanist epigram literature.

Author Biography

Karl Enenkel is Professor of Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat (WWU), Munster.
Release date Australia
December 1st, 2009
Edited by David Rijser Edited by Karl Enenkel Edited by Susanna De Beer
Country of Publication
Leuven University Press
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