Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Heinrich Steinhöwels 'Apollonius'. Edition Und Studien

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Heinrich Steinhöwels 'Apollonius'. Edition Und Studien

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Heinrich Steinhömls 'Apollonius'. Edition und Studien, ed. Tina Terrahe, Frühe Neuzeit 179 (Berlin and Boston, Mass.: De Gruyter, 2013). ix + 300 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-029731-7. euro99.95. Heinrich Steinhöwel (1410/11-1482/3), who hailed from a patrician family in Weil der Stadt in Württemberg and was by profession a medical doctor, for a time personal physician to Duke Eberhard im Bart of Württemberg, is known as one of the leading exponents of Early Humanism in Germany, a reputation that is based on his translations of a number of humanist-oriented works, including Petrarch's Griseldis, Boccaccio's De Claris mulieribus, and his celebrated fable collections. His Apollonius, edited in this handsome volume by Tina Terrahe, was composed in 1460 with the addition of a prologue for Zainer's Augsburg printed edition of 1471. It was based on a combination of two Latin source texts, the corresponding section, composed in Latin verse, from Godfrey of Viterbo's Pantheon and a rather less widely circulated prose version known from the first printed edition of the Gesta Romanorum (Cologne, after 1472) and from just four (out of a total of more than 400) manuscripts of the Gesta Romanorum collection. Steinhöwel's text shows a particularly close affinity to the Latin of a Wolfcnbüttel Gesta Romanorum manuscript believed to have been copied in the circle of the equally celebrated Swabian humanist and German author Niklas von Wyle. …

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