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Author Hodapp, William F., author

Title The figure of Minerva in medieval literature / William F. Hodapp
Published Cambridge ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (323 p.)
Contents Frontcover; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 The Roman Minerva and Elements of Medieval Classicism; Reception and Transformation of the Antique in the Middle Ages; The Roman Minerva; Ideas of Wisdom: Antique and Medieval; Mythography: Interpreting Myth; 2 The Sapiential Tradition: Minerva as Redemptress; The Medieval Sapiential Tradition; John Lydgate's Reson and Sensuallyte; Reson and Sensuallyte: Translatio and Reception; Minerva: Iconography and the Judgment of Paris; The Poem's Primary Concerns and Minerva's Central Role
Gavin Douglas and Wisdom's Path to Honor3 The Martianus Tradition: Minerva as Mistress of the Liberal Arts; The Liberal Arts and the Martianus Tradition; Liberal Arts in Classical and Medieval Cultures: A Brief Survey; Martianus Capella in the Middle Ages; The Court of Sapience: A Fifteenth-Century Compendium of Learning; Dame Sapyence and the Four Daughters of God; Minerva: Iconography and the Liberal Arts; John Skelton and The Garland of Laurel; 4 The Patrona Tradition: Minerva as Protectress and Benefactor; Minerva Patrona in Roman Literature; Minerva Patrona in Medieval Literature
The Poem's Primary Concerns and Minerva-Othea's Worldly WisdomWilliam Dunbar's Minerva-Athena Imagery in The Golden Targe; 6 The Ovidian Tradition: Minerva as Venus' Ally; Ovid's Venus and Minerva; The Ovidian Tradition; John Lydgate's Temple of Glas; Minerva and Venus in James I's Kingis Quair; Charles d'Orléans, Venus, Fortune, and Minerva's Bird; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Twelfth-Century Epic: Walter of Châtillon and Joseph of ExeterGuido delle Colonne, John Lydgate, and the Matter of Troy; Christine de Pizan's L'Epìstre d'Othea; Stephen Hawes and Minerva patrona principis; The Example of Vertu; The Pastime of Pleasure; 5 The Patristic Tradition: Minerva as Idol; Idols and Idolatry in Jewish and Christian Cultures; Minerva and the Fathers: The Goddess in Patristic Writing; Minerva as Idol in Medieval Literature: The Catalog of Deities; The Assembly of Gods and Minerva as Idol; Minerva-Othea and Idolatry
Summary Images of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, appear frequently in medieval literature, derived from antique culture and literature; redemptress, mistress of the liberal arts, patroness of princes, idol, and Venus' ally. Throughout the high to late Middle Ages, Peter Abelard, Guido delle Colonne, John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan, among others, drew on and developed these images, but they are particularly prevalent in a number of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century English and Scots allegorical and dream-vision poems, including John Lydgate's Reson and Sensuallyte and Temple of Glas, the anonymous Court of Sapience and Assembly of Gods, James I's Kingis Quair, Charles d'Orleans' Fortunes Stabilnes, and William Dunbar's Golden Targe. This book offers the first full-length examination of these depictions, bringing out the reception of classical culture. Via close readings of the various poets, it enables us to understand how her figure was used, and also, and most importantly, to interpret and transform the poetic and cultural traditions from which she springs
First major study of the representation of Minerva in the Middle Ages, giving insights into classical reception
Notes Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Minerva (Roman deity) -- In literature
Minerva (Roman deity)
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Literature, Medieval.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1787446123