OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Medieval and Early Modern Portrayals of Julius Caesar: The Transmission of an Idea

ISBN : 9780198847564

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¥20,086
著者: 
Nigel Mortimer
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720 ページ
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Hardcover
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171 x 246 mm
刊行日
2020年06月
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Julius Caesar, ancient Rome's most colourful leader, has been a subject of controversy for more than two thousand years. In the classical world he was celebrated as an inspired military commander, as a law-giver and orator possessed of outstanding drive and intellect. He was also denounced for his ambition, cruelty, concupiscence, and for his overthrow of a noble republic. Over the centuries almost every conceivable characteristic has been attributed to him. His murder-the world's most famous political assassination-began a process which led to the inauguration of the imperial rule that would last for the rest of Roman time.

Throughout the medieval and early modern periods Caesar was central to narratives of conquest and resistance, of kingship and subjecthood, of liberty and despotism. There was a time, however, when he was not the most storied figure from classical antiquity. The post-classical phenomenon of a chimerical and ambiguous Caesar is born in thirteenth-century France when the author of the Li Fet des Romains, a monumental prose life of Caesar, chose to complicate the influential view of a monstrous Caesar found in Lucan's epic poem Bellum civile: this decision gave birth to the complex figure that has fascinated ever since.

This book offers original translations of texts written between 1170 and 1574 in French, Latin, Italian, and Middle English, accompanied by commentaries which enable the reader to chart the evolution of the Caesar phenomenon throughout the medieval period right up to his first appearances on the early modern stage.

目次: 

I. CAESAR REVIVED
1 Julius Caesar from Classical Antiquity into the Early Middle Ages
2 The Emergence of the Medieval Caesar: Li Fet des Romains
3 Jean de Thuin, Li Hystore de Julius Cesar
II. HUMANIST CAESAR
4 The Florentine iurgium Caesareum
5 Poggio Bracciolini, On the Excellence of Scipio and Caesar
6 Guarino da Verona, On the Excellence of Scipio and Caesar
7 Cyriacus of Ancona, In Praise of Caesar
8 Milanese Caesar: Pier Candido Decembrio, A Comparison of the Emperor
9 Pietro del Monte, Letter to Poggio Bracciolini
10 Lancastrian Caesar: John Lydgate, Serpent of Division
11 Regiminal Caesar: Jean du Quesne and Robert Gauguin
III. CAESAR DRAMATIZED
12 Early modern Caesars: France
13 Early modern Caesars: England and Scotland
Bibliography
Index

著者について: 

Nigel Mortimer took his undergraduate degree (in English Language and Literature) and doctorate from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; he won the Violet Vaughan Morgan prize for English Literature as an undergraduate in 1987 and was an academic scholar in English Literature as both an undergraduate and graduate student. His first book, John Lydgate's Fall of Princes, was published by OUP in 2005. He has taught Old and Middle English at undergraduate level in Oxford and is currently an assistant master at Eton College.

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