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Wandering Woods Again: From Poliziano To Grotius

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Woods will keep moving. Several years ago the author discussed early commentaries on the Silvae and some other aspects of the reception of the Silvae in the Netherlands around 1600. This chapter is meant to be a counterpart and addition to that article, in two senses: whereas the former focused on commentaries and manuscripts, the emphasis here is more literary, on matters of genre and imitation rather than on philology - although philological issues will also be addressed. Secondly, this chapter concentrates on one Dutch scholar and poet, Hugo Grotius. The author's proposition is that in the seventeenth century in Leiden university circles Statius' Silvae gained a new importance, as a combined model for imitation and a text to be emended, which can be compared to its status in the Italian Renaissance, and that Grotius was the principal character in this respect, comparable to Angelo Poliziano.

Keywords: Angelo Poliziano; Hugo Grotius; Italian Renaissance; philology; Silvae; Statius; woods



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