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Biblical poetry

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Author(s): Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern)
A. Concept and ancient foundations B. is not a literary genre, but a term covering a broad spectrum of texts presenting biblical and Bible-related material in verse [15.134]. Although the distinction with  carmina sacra in the wider sense (e.g. hymns) is blurred, particularly since the latter often take up biblical motifs, the focus of the present article is on works that present canonical episodes from the Bible in poetic forms inherited from Antiquity.In its confrontation with pagan literature and cultural traditions, Christian Late Antiquity produced a plethora…
Date: 2016-11-24

Wimpfeling, Jakob

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Author(s): Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern)
A. LifeThe Humanist pedagogue, writer, editor, Catholic theologian and advocate of church reform [8]; [9]; [11]; [13] Jakob W. was born on July 25, 1450 at Sélestat (Schlettstadt, Alsace), where he also died on November 15, 1528. He attended the Sélestat Lateinschule under Ludwig Dringenberg before studying the  artes liberales at Freiburg from 1464 and beginning studies in theology. He took his  baccalaureus artium in 1466, then had an interlude at the University of Erfurt. He matriculated at the University of Heidelberg in late 1469, then began tea…
Date: 2016-11-24

Hessus, Helius Eobanus

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Author(s): Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern)
A. Life and key worksThe neo-Latin poet and Humanist teacher Eoban Koch was born on January 6, 1488, at Frankenberg (Hesse), and died at Marburg an der Lahn on October 4, 1540 [5. vol. 1, 1–9]; [7]; [14]; [16]; [26]. After attending the Lateinschule (1502–1504) of Jakob Horlaeus in Frankenberg, he matriculated in 1504 at the University of Erfurt, graduating in 1506 as  Baccalaureus artium and gaining a master's degree in 1509. His first contact with Humanist circles at Erfurt came through Maternus Pistoris, later through his key patron, Mutianus Rufus.…
Date: 2016-11-24

Erfurt

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Author(s): Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern)
A. University and Humanist circleE. was a centre of learning and education of transregional importance from as early as the 13th cent. [13]. The founding of the University of Prague (1348) initially drew many masters and students from Thuringia to Bohemia, before the flow reversed following the establishment of the University of E. 1392 (on its history: [3]; [11]; [14]), a process accentuated by E.'s rapid emergence as a stronghold of the  via moderna.From the middle of the 15th cent., important impulses were emanating from the so-called 'wandering Humansts'. The f…
Date: 2016-11-24