IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 619: Breaking/Setting the Rules in Medieval Greek, Latin, and Hebrew Literature

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Research Project 'Cánones y canonicidad en las literaturas medievales europeas (FFI2011-29434)', Universidad de Valladolid
Organiser:Patricia Varona Codeso, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Valladolid
Moderator/Chair:Enrique Santos Marinas, Departamento de Filología Griega y Lingüística Indoeuropea, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Paper 619-aBreaking the Rules of Programmatic Poetry: A Late Antique Deconstruction of Augustan Recusatio
(Language: English)
Jesús Hernández-Lobato, Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 619-bNormas clásicas y convenciones literarias ocultas: El caso de la epistolografía bizantina
(Language: Español)
Óscar Prieto Domínguez, Centre d'Études Byzantines, Néo-Helléniques et sud-est Européennes, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 619-cA la búsqueda de los orígenes de las reglas de la historiografía hebrea: La crónica de Ahima'az
(Language: Español)
Eunate Mirones-Lozano, Departamento de Lengua Española, Universidad de Salamanca
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)

This is a multidisciplinary session that joins specialists in Greek, Latin and Hebrew Medieval Literature. It focusses on the study of the literary rules admitted (or not) as canonic for the composition of a new literary work according to its genre.

Within the Latin field, Hernandez Lobato shall research the controversial carmen 9 of Sidonius Apollinaris (430-c. 487), a programme to his book of minor poetry. It deliberately subverts the rules and conventions of Augustan recusatio, by carefully avoiding mentioning any positive term after an unending enumeration of all the topics, authors and stiles that Sidonius’ poems explicitly reject, unmasking both poetry and language as a kind of senseless pastime.

Regarding Greek literature, Dr. Prieto Dominguez shall study the classical precepts still in force for the composition of an epistle in Greek during the Middle Ages. Due to the fact that its rules were never systematically exposed in any treatise, an author like patriarch Photius (c. 820-890) could set his own rules for letter writing in tension with ancient tradition.

Finally, within the Hebrew field, Dr. Mirones Lozano will focus on the models followed (or not) by one of the first Jewish chronicles: the Sefer Yuhasîn (Book of Genealogies), written by Ahima’az ben Paltiel (1054).