Eine alte Gattung neu erfunden: Die Apologi Centum des Leon Battista Alberti

Korenjak, Martin (2008). Eine alte Gattung neu erfunden: Die Apologi Centum des Leon Battista Alberti. Philologus, 152(2), pp. 320-342. Akademie Verlag 10.1524/phil.2008.0042

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Leon Battista Alberti’s short fable collection Apologi Centum (1437) marks a radical departure from the medieval understanding of the genre as well as from the newly discovered Greek collections of ‘truly Aesopian’ fables. It defines the genre in a new way, and becomes a model in its own right for the following generations of Renaissance fabulists. The extreme conciseness of his Apologi, Alberti claims, inevitably makes them obscure and hard to understand – the very contrary of the easy schooltexts fables are usually meant to be. This paper studies Alberti’s claim to novelty and the way he puts it into practice, naming and exemplifying a number of techniques by which he succeeds in creating pregnant, riddling fables for the educated, intelligent reader.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Classical Philology

UniBE Contributor:

Korenjak, Martin

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
400 Language
100 Philosophy > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy

ISSN:

0031-7985

Publisher:

Akademie Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Marceline Brodmann

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2020 09:20

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2020 09:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1524/phil.2008.0042

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.115781

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/115781

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