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Plastic-tectonical imagery of the Iliad as reflected in early modern translations: 15th to mid 19th c

Tektonik des göttlichen Körpers in Homers Epen und ihren Übersetzungen der frühen Neuzeit

Taruashvili, Leonid

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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, wie sie in den Homers Epen erscheinen, mit ihren Entsprechungen in den neueren-Übersetzungen (denen von Poliziano, Lorenzo Valla, Hessus, Salel, Dacier, Dubois de Rochefort, Bitaubé, Stolberg, Voß, Hobbes, Pope, Kostrov, Gnedič u. a.) erlaubt dem Autor, eine gewisse Tendenz zur Entmaterialisierung dieser Gestalten durch bald partielle, bald volle Beseitigung des von Homer ihnen verliehenen Standfestigkeitseffekts und öfters sogar derer Ersetzen durch den Flug-Effekt festzustellen.

Document type: Article
Date: 2013
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 12:54
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Hellenic literatures Classical Greek
Subject (Propylaeum): Classical Philology
Controlled Subjects: Homerus, Epos, Tektonik
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homer ; Übersetzungsgeschichte der Homers Epen ; Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte ; Tektonik (Kunst) ; Translation History of Homer’s Epics ; Comparative Literature; Tectonics (Art)
Subject (classification): Classical & modern Greek literatures: Ancient and Byzantine periods
Countries/Regions: Greece (Antiquity)