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Author Springer, Carl P. E.

Title Luther's Aesop / Carl P.E. Springer
Published Kirksville, Mo. : Truman State University Press, ©2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 249 pages)
Series Early modern studies series ; 8
Early modern studies series ; 8
Contents Wittenberg and Athens -- "The best after the Bible" -- Luther the editor -- A Lutheran fable book -- Luther as Aesop -- Appendix A. Other versions of the Coburg fables -- Appendix B. Selected Latin poems of Luther -- Appendix C. Varia : texts translated in chapter 5
Summary Reformer of the church, biblical theologian, and German translator of the Bible Martin Luther had the highest respect for stories attributed to the ancient Greek author Aesop. He assigned them a status second only to the Bible and regarded them as wiser than ";the harmful opinions of all the philosophers."; Throughout his life, Luther told and retold Aesop's fables and strongly supported their continued use in Lutheran schools. In this volume, Carl Springer builds on the textual foundation other scholars have laid and provides the first book in English to seriously consider Luther's fascination with Aesop's fables. He looks at which fables Luther knew, how he understood and used them, and why he valued them. Springer provides a variety of cultural contexts to help scholars and general readers gain a deeper understanding of Luther's appreciation of Aesop
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject Aesop -- Appreciation -- Germany
Aesop -- Influence
Aesop -- Appreciation -- Germany
Aesop -- Influence
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 -- Knowledge -- Fables, Greek
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 -- Knowledge -- Fables, Greek
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546.
Aesop's fables.
Aesop's fables.
Christian literature -- Classical influences
German literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Classical influences
Art appreciation.
Fables, Greek.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0271091304