A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
Christopher B. Krebs
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it could have come from the monk himself, the auctioneer, or in all likelihood from Poggio, the customer. Heinrich complained approximately his funds not just to his abbot but additionally to Poggio, and used to be recognized to debate his valuable items with different humanists. however, it kind of feels much less most likely that Panormita had obtained this data from Poggio. For why may he, so longing for glory, be so approaching with a possible rival, while he used to be so secretive in his communications along with his pal Niccoli?.
Piccolomini, who a number of weeks later might turn into the 1st to cite from the Germania in his soon-to-be-published treatise. inside this state of affairs a number of leaps of inference are valuable: Enoch upon his go back confirmed his discovery to Decembrio yet pleaded for confidentiality, prompting the latter to confide to his magazine yet not anyone else. as a consequence Enoch separated and offered the Agricola to maintain himself afloat, due to the fact that his buyer, Pope Nicholas V, had died. What precisely occurred to the Germania.
And different loutish habit, they helped introduce uncouth simplicity and coarse integrity to a much wider viewers. they'd ultimately meet indignation from twentieth-century writers who idea that those Theatergermanen broken the acceptance in their old Germanic ancestors.21 The dependence of the photographs at the Germania is the extra obvious as Clüver incorporated it in its entirety in his personal work—not as soon as yet two times. For he thought of the normal version by way of the nice Dutch philologist.
Antiquis . . . Teutonem deum terra editum.23 German humanists had interfered with the transmitted textual content to make barbaric human sacrifices disappear; now Tuisto needed to make room for Teuto. The Germania again and again fell sufferer to its readers’ needs and ideologies. greater than a reputation correction, this inspiration reported demise for the pagan god. Clüver went directly to light up the relation among the identify Teut and the Greek and Latin phrases theos and deus, either one of that can symbolize “god” in addition to “God.”.
Dreissigjährigen Krieges (Greifswald: H. Adler, 1913), 119. 12 J. G. Schottelius (n. 10), biiir. For an extended model of this bankruptcy (and extra documentation), see C. B. Krebs, “. . . jhre alte Muttersprache . . . unvermengt und unverdorben: Zur Rezeption der taciteischen Germania im 17. Jahrhundert,” Philologus 154 (2010): 119–39. thirteen See the entire identify of J. G. Schottelius, Teutsche Sprachkunst (Braunschweig: B. Grubern, 1641). See usually on “Sprachgesellschaften und nationale Utopien”.