Companion to Neo-Latin Studies

Part II: Literary Linguistic Philological and Editorial Questions

Dirk Sacré (Author), J. IJsewijn (Author),

Series: Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia 14

Category: Neo-Latin Studies

Language: English

ISBN: 9789061868590

Publication date: March 23, 1998

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In 1977 the first edition of the Companion to Neo-Latin Studies appeared. It evidently filled a long-felt lacuna, and was soon out of print. The first part of the second entirely rewritten edition came out in 1990; it consisted in a concise, but comprehensive history of Neo-Latin writings (both literary and scientific) arranged according to geographical and cultural areas (Part I: History and Diffusion of Neo-Latin Literature).

Due to the explosive growth of Neo-Latin studies in the last decades, it took a couple of years to rewrite and to expand the second part. In this volume an attempt is made to cover all the relevant literary forms and genres of Neo-Latin literature; their characteristics and evolution are described and bibliographical aids have been added; the method is descriptive rather than theoretical.

This part is followed by linguistic, philological and editorial questions, discussing the features of Neo-Latin vocabulary, syntax, style, prosody and metre, old and modern editions, etc. A historical survey of Neo-Latin studies concludes the book. Several indexes facilitate access to the varied contents of the work. The two volumes of this Companion form an indispensable and up-to-date introduction to the immense and still largely unexplored field of Neo-Latin literature.

III. Literary genres

  1. General aspects

    1. Ancient Models
    2. Medieval Survivals
    3. New Inventions
  2. Poetry
    1. Heroic and Didactic Poetry
    2. Descriptive and Epideictic Poetry (Laudes, Encomia, Silvae etc.)
    3. Bucolic Poetry
    4. Satires and Metrical Epistles
    5. Lyrical Poetry
    6. Occasional Poetry: Epithalamia, Epicedia, Gratulationes etc.
    7. Hymns
    8. Psalms and Other Biblical Paraphrases
    9. Epigrammatic Poetry
    10. Fables
    11. Figure Poems; Acrostichs
    12. Centones
    13. Minor Modern Forms of Poetry
    14. Macaronic Poetry and Prose
  3. Drama
    1. The rebirth of Roman Tragedy and Comedy
    2. The Rediscovery of Greek Drama
    3. The Mediaeval and Contemporary Contribution
    4. Characteristics of Neo-Latin Theatre
    5. Accomplishments of Neo-Latin Theatre
    6. Latin Drama and the Vernacular
  4. Literary Prose
    1. Eloquence: Declamationes, Orationes
    2. Historiography
    3. Biography and Autobiography
    4. Letters
    5. Dialogues
    6. Travel Journals and Reports
    7. Fictional Prose
  5. Scholarly and Scientific Prose
    1. Encyclopaedias and Bio-biographical Works
    2. Typography, Calligraphy, Cryptography
    3. Pilology and Related Disciplines
    4. Grammar and Linguistics
    5. Law (Canon and Civil)
    6. Theology
    7. Philosophy, Psychology, Paedagogy, magic
    8. Political, Social and Economic Sciences
    9. Arts: Theory, History and Criticism
    10. Sciences and Medicine
  6. Journals and Newspapers
  7. Inscriptions

IV. Language, Style, Prosody and Metrics

  1. Language

    1. Preliminary Remarks
    2. Vocabulary
    3. Morphology
    4. Syntax
  2. Style
  3. Latin and the Vernacular
  4. Prosody and Metrics
    1. Classical Versification
    2. Other Forms of Versification

V. Texts and Editions

  1. Manuscripts

  2. Old Printed Texts
    1. Old Editions
    2. Catalogues
    3. Uncatalogued Items
    4. Reprints
    5. Microfiches and cd-rom
  3. Critical Editions
    1. Editorial Principles
    2. Spelling and Punctuation
    3. Commentaries and Related Problems

VI. The Development of Neo-Latin Studies

VII. Corrigenda to Companion, Volume I

Index Nominum
Index geographicus
Index argumentorum rerumque notabilium
Index codicum manu scriptorum
Index verborum notabilium

Dirk Sacré

Dirk Sacré is professor of Latin and Neo-Latin at KU Leuven.

J. IJsewijn

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