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“The Honour Of Letters”: Bonaventura Vulcanius, Scholar And Poet

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For over thirty years Bonaventura Vulcanius was professor of Greek at Leiden University in its Golden Age, where he was a colleague of Lipsius and Scaliger. Vulcanius has been eclipsed by his famous colleagues Lipsius and Scaliger, as well as by his most gifted pupils Grotius and Heinsius. This chapter discusses Vulcanius philological work, then his work as a translator, and, at more length, as a poet, trying to indicate some trends and tendencies. Vulcanius protector Francisco Mendoza possessed various unpublished writings by the fifth-century Greek father Cyrillus of Alexandria, copies made for him in Italian libraries, and he urged his secretary to translate and publish them. The chapter focuses on Cod. Vulc. 103. It examines as many poems as possible in order to represent the rule rather than the exception.

Keywords: Bonaventura Vulcanius; Francisco Mendoza; Greek; Leiden University; Lipsius; Scaliger

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