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Tectonics of divine body in the Iliad and its early modern translations: Dream and Athena

Tektonik des göttlichen Körpers in der Ilias und ihre Übersetzungen der frühen Neuzeit: Traum und Athene

Taruashvili, Leonid

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Abstract

Confronting Homer’s plastic images of Olympian gods with their interpretation by different early modern translators (Poliziano, Lorenzo Valla, Hessus, Salel, Dacier, Dubois de Rochefort, Bitaubé, Stolberg, Voss, Hobbes, Pope, Kostrov, Gnedič and others) the author of this investigation work reveals a certain trend towards dematerializing these images through the removal of mechanical stability effect and often trough supplanting it with the motif of flight (or even soaring) – a kind of procedure that to more or less extent is typical of all modern (at least from 15th to mid 19th c) translations of Homer’s epics.

Translation of abstract (German)

Analytische Gegenüberstellung der plastischen Göttergestalten (Traum und Athene), wie sie in der Ilias erscheinen, mit ihren Entsprechungen in den neueren Ilias-Übersetzungen (denen von Poliziano, Lorenzo Valla, Hessus, Salel, Dacier, Dubois de Rochefort, Bitaubé, Stolberg, Voß, Hobbes, Pope, Kostrov, Gnedič u. a.), die dem Autor eine gewisse Tendenz zur Entmaterialisierung dieser Gestalten erlaubt und eine zum Teil partielle, zum Teil volle Beseitigung des ihnen von Homer verliehenen Standfestigkeits-Effekts und öfters sogar dessen Ersetzen durch den Flug-Effekt feststellen lässt.

Document type: Article
Date: 2014
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 09:44
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Hellenic literatures Classical Greek
Subject (Propylaeum): Classical Archaeology
Classical Philology
Controlled Subjects: Ilias, Literaturgeschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homer ; Iliad ; Translation History of Iliad ; Comparative Literature ; Tectonics (Art)
Subject (classification): Classical & modern Greek literatures: Ancient and Byzantine periods
Countries/Regions: Greece (Antiquity)