Saturday, September 02, 2017

On the comeback trail …

… Neo-Latin Seizes its Day - The Marginalia Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

For over a century a Protestant academic elite—filled with contempt for Catholicism—disdained study of post-classical Latin literature, precisely because such literature was predominantly Catholic. That disdain reinforced the colossal misperception that Europe hibernated through centuries of “The Dark Ages” until it abruptly and spectacularly awoke with the rediscovery of classical manuscripts by humanists. Overhyped books, like Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve, perpetuate that stereotype by largely ignoring the literature and classical scholarship produced during Late Antiquity and the early medieval era.
More about Stephen Greenblatt here: The case of Stephen Greenblatt.

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