No 3 (2016): Rediscovery and Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages
Rediscovery and Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages

Issue 3 of Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures explores the theme of the rediscovery and canonization of the Roman classics in medieval Western European literary culture, beginning in the eleventh century and reaching a wide impact on literary and intellectual life in the twelfth century. It is headed by an article by Birger Munk Olsen whose immense and comprehensive work of cataloguing and analyzing the entire record of manuscripts containing Roman classics copied before 1200 is nearing completion (L‘étude des auteurs classiques aux XIe et XIIe siècles, 5 vols). Within our journal’s scope of medieval European literature we have found it both rewarding and fitting to take Munk Olsen’s work as a prism for what is a striking literary phenomenon across most geographies and chronologies of medieval Europe: the engagement with the pre-Christian classics.

The catalogue and the synthesis by Munk Olsen put many kinds of new studies on a firm footing. In this issue of Interfaces we present three 'frontiers' or types of scholarship on the rediscovery and canonization of the Roman classics all taking their cue from the meticulous way L’étude has charted out this territory.

Cover image: Alberto Burri, Sacco L.A., 1953, burlap and acrylic on canvas, 101 x 87 cm – inv. 5337 © Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello – by SIAE 2016

Full Issue

Paolo Borsa, Christian Høgel, Lars Boje Mortensen, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Birger Munk Olsen, Jaakko Tahkokallio, Karin Margareta Fredborg, Monika Otter, Mia Münster-Swendsen, Wim Verbaal, Francine Mora, Venetia Bridges, Jean-Yves Tilliette, Filippo Bognini, Irene Salvo García, Marek Thue Kretschmer, Rita Copeland
263 p.
Rediscovery and Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages
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Individual Articles

Paolo Borsa, Christian Høgel, Lars Boje Mortensen, Elizabeth M. Tyler
1-12
Introduction to 'Interfaces' 3
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Birger Munk Olsen
13-27
Comment peut-on déterminer la popularité d'un texte au Moyen Âge? L'exemple des oeuvres classiques latines
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Jaakko Tahkokallio
28-45
Manuscripts as Evidence for the use of Classics in Education, c. 800–1200: Estimating the Randomness of Survival
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Karin Margareta Fredborg
46-70
Interpretative Strategies in Horatian Commentaries from the Twelfth Century: The 'Ars poetica' in the Carolingian Traditions and their Twelfth-Century Developments
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Monika Otter
71-89
Medieval Sex Education, Or: What About Canidia?
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Mia Münster-Swendsen
90-108
December Liberties: Playing with the Roman Poets in the High-Medieval Schools
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Wim Verbaal
109-128
Loire Classics: Reviving Classicism in some Loire Poets
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Francine Mora
129-142
Auteurs affichés, auteurs dissimulés. Le recours aux citations dans le 'Commentaire sur l'Enéide' attribué à Bernard Silvestre
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Venetia Bridges
143-161
Antique Authorities? 'Classicizing' Poems of the 1180s
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Jean-Yves Tilliette
162-178
Une collection de commentaires aux classiques latins, le manuscrit de Berne, Bürgerbibliothek 411. Textes et contextes
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Filippo Bognini
179-199
"O terque quaterque beati" ('Aen.' 1.94). Aperçu d’une lecture séculaire
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Irene Salvo García
200-220
L'Ovide connu par Alphonse X (1221–84)
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Marek Thue Kretschmer
221-244
L''Ovidius moralizatus' de Pierre Bersuire. Essai de mise au point
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Rita Copeland
245-263
Behind the 'Lives of Philosophers:' Reading Diogenes Laertius in the Western Middle Ages
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