IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1116: An Animal as an Image of Human Being

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Organiser:Krzysztof Obremski, Instytut Literatury Polskiej, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Moderator/Chair:Bartosz Awianowicz, Katedra Filologii Klasycznej, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Paper 1116-aThe Battle and the Hunt: Comparisons and Persuasion
(Language: English)
Krzysztof Obremski, Instytut Literatury Polskiej, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric
Paper 1116-bAn Animal as an Image of Human Being in the Most Popular School Fables in the Middle Ages (in the West and Byzantium)
(Language: English)
Bartosz Awianowicz, Katedra Filologii Klasycznej, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Education, Language and Literature - Greek, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1116-cAnimal or Human?: The Lack of an Image - the Contribution to the Story of Monstrous
(Language: English)
Pawel Bohuszewicz, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

In ancient and medieval anthropological thought an animal is one of the most important determinant which allows us to specify a human identity. This thought is determined in various genre forms:
-an animalistic fable – a genre very popular in medieval eductation (both Latin and Greek) – introduced animals which symbolized human characteristics to moralize and educate youth,
-according to the tradition of the Homeric epic tradition in a chronicle – the Chronicae by Anonymous author colled Gallus battles are compared with the wild animal hunt,
-in a romance the hog-man as an object of description seems to evade conceptual oppositions.