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Apollonius of Tyre

Apollonius of Tyre

Author: Elizabeth Archibald

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 0859913163

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 278

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A comparative study of one of the most familiar stories in medieval romance (used by Gower, Shakespeare, etc.), from late Antiquity into the Renaissance. The Historia Apollonii is a rare Latin example of a genre of literature more fully attested in Greek, the so-called `Greek romance' - popular stories which involve lovers or families separated byshipwreck and misfortune andeventually joyfully reunited. It was one of the most widely and continuously read texts to survive from late Antiquity through the middle ages and into the Renaissance almost unchanged. Elizabeth Archibald's study of the Historia Apollonii, taking a valuable comparative approach, discusses the text's merits and interest, its date and possible origin, the present state of scholarship, and the question of its reception and genre in the middle ages and Renaissance. There follows a complete survey of the medieval and early Renaissance use and knowledge of the Historia Apollonii throughout Europe; and the book is completed with the text and translation of the romance itself. An indispensable work for students of medieval romance. ELIZABETH ARCHIBALD is Professor of English, Durham University.

The Wate Figure in Medieval Tradition

The Wate Figure in Medieval Tradition

Author: Winder McConnell

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: UOM:39015031021465

Category: Literature, Medieval

Page: 144

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Utilizing both literary and extra-literary sources, the study considers all documented references to the Wate figure in the Middle Ages. Subsequent to a critical evaluation of research done on the figure in the years 1826-1974, an analysis is undertaken of Wate's role in prominent literary works of medieval Germany (e.g. Alexanderlied, Dietrichs Flucht), Scandinavia (The Thidrekssaga), and England. The examination of his function within the literary milieu demonstrates that Brobdingnagian traits are a fundamental aspect of Wate's character. The etymology of his name, as well as his appearance as a giant in folklore, provide further evidence of Wate's significance as the manifestation of a primitive growth concept.

Dictionary of the Middle Ages

Dictionary of the Middle Ages

Author: Joseph Reese Strayer


ISBN: UOM:39015016638754

Category: Middle Ages

Page: 788

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Arranged alphabetically, this volume contains articles on various aspects of life in the Middle Ages, from A.D. 500 to 1500 and covering a geographic area including the Latin West, the Slavic world, Asia Minor, the lands of the caliphate in the East, and the Muslim-Christian areas of North Africa.